Teachers Toolkit

We know that school staff can build extremely powerful relationships with their students


Once trust is established, a young carer may very well confide in you, and they might be feeling some strong emotions in response to their caring responsibilities.

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TEACHERS TOOLKIT

We have collated some useful links and sources of support that you can draw upon to ensure that young carers get the advice and help they need. We also have a young carers toolkit, which features a comprehensive list of resources that you can share with young carers.

BEAT Youthline

Offering support to children and young people with an eating disorder:

Website and online chat: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/training-events/find-training/school-staff/

 

ChildLine

The UK’s free, confidential helpline for children and young people, offering advice and support, by phone and online, 24 hours a day. Whenever and wherever you need them, they’ll be there.

Website and online chat: https://www.childline.org.uk/

 Phone: 0800 1111

 

MindEd

A free educational resource from Health Education England on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Now includes a Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub with materials on peer support, stress, fear, trauma and bereavement.

Website: https://mindedhub.org.uk/

 

Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide)

Provides confidential advice and support for young people who feel like they want to take their own life.

Website: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/training-resources/

Phone: 0800 068 41 41

Text: 07786 209 687

 

Samaritans

Giving young people someone to talk to. You can ring at any time of the day or night. They’ll help you and listen to how you’re feeling.

Phone: 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Provides support to schools, colleges and education professionals through online advice, guidance and resources. Schools in Mind is a free network for education professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise about mental health and wellbeing in schools and FE colleges.

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/

Resources: https://charliewaller.org/resources

 

Charlie Waller Trust

Offering advice, guidance and resources for schools and education professionals to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Website: https://charliewaller.org/what-we-do/for-educators

 

Every Mind Matters

Useful guidance for teachers on delivering learning in a safe environment, including protecting vulnerable students and providing effective responses to sensitive questions.

Website: https://pshe-association.org.uk/system/files/Every%20Mind%20Matters%20Guidance%20on%20learning%20in%20a%20safe%20environment.pdf

 

PHE School Zone

Mental wellbeing top tips. Provides advice for teachers on supporting parents and carers with the mental wellbeing of their children, including the importance of routine and normalising discussions around mental wellbeing.

Website: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/mental-wellbeing/top-tips

 

Now and Beyond

The UK's first multidisciplinary directory for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing providers. Includes information about locally available services.

Website: https://nowandbeyond.org.uk/help-and-support

 

PHE Every Mind Matters

Provides resources to support teaching of PSHE, RHE and RSHE to upper KS2, KS3 and KS4 students, with flexible, ready-to-use content co-created by teachers and young people.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/mental-wellbeing/overview

 

PHE Exam Stress Lesson Plan Pack

Helps students identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress and develop stress management strategies.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/exam-stress-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone Physical and Mental Wellbeing Year 6 Lesson Plan

Explores the connection between physical and mental wellbeing and asks students to think about how eating well, moving more and sleep can affect mental wellbeing.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/physical-mental-wellbeing-year6-lesson-plan

 

PHE School Zone Physical and Mental Wellbeing KS3 and KS4 Lesson Plan

Explores the connection between physical and mental wellbeing. Slide 10 asks students to create a diagram showing factors that could promote good physical and mental wellbeing, including sleep.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/physical-mental-wellbeing-ks3-ks4-lesson-plan

 

PHE School Zone What to Do About Worry Year 6 Lesson Plan Pack

Includes the worry tree, a tool to support young people to combat worries. Students can learn about the worry tree as a tool to combat worry.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/what-to-do-about-worry-year6-lesson-plan-pack

Worry Tree: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/the-worry-tree-ks3-ks4-activities

 

PHE School Zone Puberty Lesson Plan Pack

Explores physical changes that occur during puberty and the effect these can have on an individual's emotions, identity and sexuality.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/puberty-lesson-plan-pack

 

Young Minds

Offers resources and materials for teachers and school staff to build their skills and make mental health and wellbeing a core, rewarding part of their job.

Website: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/professional/resources

24/7 text service: Text YM to 85258

 

Young Minds Professionals

A toolbox for leaders and front-line workers across the children’s mental health system.

Website: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/professional

Childhood Bereavement Network

Includes support, advice and resources on supporting a bereaved child or young person, including content specific to COVID-19 with a hub for professionals supporting bereaved children.

Website: https://childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH)

Offering advice and support online and through their freephone Helpline for children experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying or harassment.

Website: https://each.education/education-schools-training

Phone: 0808 1000 143 open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

 

The Proud Trust

Delivers training opportunities for teachers and other youth professionals and creates LGBT+ resources for schools, colleges and other youth settings.

Website: https://www.theproudtrust.org/

 

Anti-Bullying Alliance

A unique coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve a shared vision to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. They provide expertise in relation to all forms of bullying between children and young people.

Website: https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information

Resources: https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/schools-and-teachers/top-tips-teachers-and-school-staff

 

PHE School Zone Bullying and Cyberbullying Lesson Plan Pack

Examines the meaning and impact of bullying. Discover ways of responding to this type of behaviour.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/bullying-and-cyberbullying-KS34-lesson-plan

 

PHE School Zone Forming Positive Relationships Lesson Plan Pack

Explores the qualities that make for good friendships.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/relationships-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone online stress and FOMO lesson plan pack

Includes a link to the Young Voices Online Bullying video on YouTube.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/online-stress-fomo-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone Alcohol Lesson Plan Pack

Page 1 of the lesson plan PDF includes a link to the Rise Above film, which includes advice on pressure and role models on YouTube.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/alcohol-lesson-plan-pack

 

Preventing and Tackling Bullying

Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies.

Website: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/623895/Preventing_and_tackling_bullying_advice.pdf

 

Kidscape

Offers advice and practical tips to support adults working with children to deal with bullying and cyberbullying.

Website: https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/advice-for-adults-working-with-children/

Kidscape – advice for adults working with children

All age ranges

PHE School Zone Building Connections Year 6 Lesson Plan Pack

Teachers can support pupils to explore the meaning of loneliness and connection.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/building-connections-year6-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone Forming Positive Relationships Lesson Plan Pack

Allows teachers to examine with their students the nature of friendships, to identify some of the challenges that can arise and to think about how to provide effective peer support.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/relationships-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone online stress and FOMO lesson plan pack

Supports lessons around the core themes of health and wellbeing and relationships.

Slide 5 links to a film which explores the way social media can create ‘FOMO’ - a fear of missing out. Slides 7 and 8 invite students to think about the characteristics of real life friends, contrasted with online friends.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/online-stress-fomo-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone Social Media Year 6 Lesson Plan Pack

Slide 10 links to a film exploring the benefits and challenges of connecting on social media.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/social-media-year6-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone Social Media KS3 and KS4 Lesson Plan Pack

Explores the topic of social media, and the actions a person can take to look after their wellbeing online and offline.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/social-media-KS3-KS4-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone Physical and Mental Wellbeing KS3 and KS4 Lesson Plan

Slide 5 features the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ including the first way: connect with people.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/physical-mental-wellbeing-ks3-ks4-lesson-plan

 

PHE School Zone Bullying and Cyberbullying Lesson Plan Pack

Examines the meaning and impact of bullying and cyberbullying.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/bullying-and-cyberbullying-KS34-lesson-plan

 

PHE School Zone online stress and FOMO lesson plan pack

Suitable for key stage 3 and 4.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/online-stress-fomo-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone Social Media KS3 and KS4 Lesson Plan Pack

Slide 11 asks students to think about some of the potential benefits and challenges of using social media.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/social-media-KS3-KS4-lesson-plan-pack

Teen Sleep Hub

Offers advice, support and tips on achieving a good night’s sleep. Also offers resources appropriate for secondary schools.

Website: https://teensleephub.org.uk/schools/

 

PHE Every Mind Matters

Lesson plan on mental wellbeing, which includes different elements of physical wellbeing, including getting active, eating well and getting good quality sleep.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/physical-mental-wellbeing-year6-lesson-plan

 

PHE School Zone sleep – KS3 and KS4 Lesson Plan Pack

Explores the benefits of good quality sleep for KS3 and KS4.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/sleep-KS3-KS4-lesson-plan-pack

Anna Freud

Producing evidence-based guidance for parents and carers, written with input from clinicians at the centre and teachers. Includes tips about the support that parents and guardians can offer to children preparing for, or going through, the transition to secondary school.

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/supporting-childrens-transition-to-secondary-school-guidance-for-parents-and-carers/

 

Charlie Waller Trust

Offers advice, guidance and resources for schools and education professionals to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Website: https://charliewaller.org/resources

 

Every Mind Matters

Provides advice on how to manage the transition back to being in school, college or other formal education, as well as information about further help and support.

Website: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/coronavirus/going-back-to-school-or-college/

 

PHE Transition to Secondary School

Explores the transition to secondary school and identifies strategies to deal with change.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/transition-to-secondary-school-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone Dealing with Change Lesson Plan Pack

Explores expected and unexpected changes students might come across (for, example exams, friendships, puberty) and the different ways of managing change.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/dealing-with-change-lesson-plan-pack

 

PHE School Zone What to Do About Worry Year 6 Lesson Plan Pack

Includes the worry tree, a tool to support young people to combat worries.

Resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/what-to-do-about-worry-year6-lesson-plan-pack

 

Barnardo’s Education Community

An online resource to help support teachers, lecturers and staff working in the education sector. A ‘one stop shop’ where educators can go for trauma-informed resources, support and advice about how to help children and young people cope with any issues they are experiencing.

Website: https://www.educators-barnardos.org.uk/

 

The SEND Gateway

A good source of information for professionals, containing resources on responding appropriately to children and young people with SEND with emotional wellbeing needs.

Website: https://www.sendgateway.org.uk/