Eight primary education resources for the new term

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From spotting the signs of eating disorders and safeguarding support to behaviour guidance and online safety, here is our handy round-up of some of the latest resources and events relevant to primary education

Eating disorders: Primary schools are being offered free training to help them spot the early signs of eating disorders in children. The School Professionals Online Training programme is fully funded for all UK primary schools and is hosted by eating disorders charity Beat. It involves e-learning modules where staff can learn more about spotting the early signs of an eating disorder and how to talk to a pupil who may be exhibiting them. There are also downloadable PSHE resources on topics such as eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, and social media.

Tes SEND Show and Leadership Summit: The Tes SEND Show will mark its 30th year when it takes place in London on October 7 and 8. The free event offers more than 40 CPD-accredited seminars. Also on the programme is the SEND Leadership Summit, a one-day conference on October 7. The summit is focused on how we can engage and structure the SEND workforce to respond to challenges ahead.

Respecting me, you, us: Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, part of the National Crime Agency, has a new resource to develop young people’s understanding of healthy relationships and unhealthy behaviours. The resource consists of eight lesson plans and five short films to help protect children aged 12 to 14 from harmful sexual behaviour off and online.

Poverty action toolkit: The End Child Poverty Coalition has launched an Action Toolkit to encourage young people to understand the root causes of child poverty and campaign to address them. The Action Toolkit consists of five session plans which allow young people to share their own experiences of living in poverty, then take this experience to shape campaigning solutions.

Online safety audit tool: The London Grid for Learning has created an audit tool to help schools conduct annual online safety risk assessments, as recommended in Keeping children safe in education statutory safeguarding guidance for England. The tool can be customised and used to reflect any risks arising as a result of technological changes, evolving harms and user behaviours.

Behaviour policy support: Guidance to help schools to develop effective behaviour policies has been published by the Department for Education. Applicable from September 2022, it advises on behaviour in schools, providing information on legal duties, staff powers and supporting pupils. A second guidance document offers advice on searching, screening and confiscation.
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Child protection for school governors: NSPCC Learning has released an updated version of the online safeguarding training for school governors. The course, which runs online and costs £25 per person, is aimed at governors of schools and trustees of academies. Training is provided on policies and procedures to help governing bodies keep children and young people safe.

Rights Respecting Schools Conference: The Rights Respecting Schools Award virtual conference takes place on October 5 examining the impact of children’s rights education within schools and beyond. The conference is for teaching staff participating in the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award and those who want to find out more.

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