Step Into the NHS Primary Schools Teaching Resource and Competition
Health Careers recently launched a primary schools resource and competition to be used in classrooms. The downloadable resources encourage young people to raise their aspirations, learn about the range of roles in the NHS and challenges stereotypes, which helps them understand that there is no such thing as a man or woman’s job.
The Step into the NHS primary schools pilot completed earlier this year showed some really encouraging results including the following:
A 59% increase amongst 2000 children taking part, who understood that men could work as a midwife
Before being exposed to the resources, only 1 in 5 pupils in some schools believed they could become a surgeon or midwife, compared with almost 50% afterwards
Students are being encouraged to enter the Step into the NHS primary schools competition to celebrate their learning and to say ‘thank you’ to the NHS by creating a piece of artwork. More information on the competition can be found in this You Tube video (https://youtu.be/sgaWNKudokQ).
This programme is open to all primary schools in England and teachers can receive a hard copy of our teacher pack, along with a poster for classrooms, by calling the helpline on 0345 60 60 655 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and quoting CAR10301 in any communication.
More information on the programme can be found on the Step into the NHS website (www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/primary) and is also provided in the parent leaflet attached.
Facebook backs DfE online safety lessons for pupils
Social media giant Facebook has backed the government's new online safety lessons to help school pupils recognise online dangers.
The tech firm has endorsed the proposed online lesson curriculum ahead of a meeting with ministers and anti-bullying campaigners today.
The lessons form part of government plans to make relationships, sex and health education classes compulsory at all schools from September 2020.
The new curriculum has been designed to teach every pupil about how to recognise dangers online, including what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like, the Department for Education (DfE) said.
School standards minister Nick Gibb will meet Facebook alongside online safety charities the Diana Award and Childnet to discuss internet safety.
Using the internet 'respectfully and sensibly'
The DfE said the meeting supported the government's mission to work with tech companies to get them to consider their collective responsibility regarding children and young people's welfare online.
Mr Gibb said he was pleased Facebook had recognised the importance of these new lessons, which will be delivered through compulsory relationships, sex and health education classes.
He added: "No child should face the fear of bullying. The internet, whilst usually a force for good, brings with it new dangers – that's why our new online safety lessons will teach pupils about how to use the internet respectfully and sensibly.
"We all have a collective responsibility to protect children from this kind of harm, whether as parents, ministers, business leaders or schoolteachers, and can all play a role in shaping the kind of society we want for our future generations, preparing them for life in modern Britain."
Under the plans, all pupils will be taught relationships education in primary school and relationships and sex education in secondary school, while all pupils will be taught health education in state-funded schools.
Safety is an 'absolute priority'
Rebecca Stimson, Facebook's head of UK policy, welcomed the addition of online safety lessons to the school curriculum.
She said: "The safety of young people online is our absolute priority and, like the Department for Education, we are committed to giving schools the right support so young people have safe and positive experiences online.
"We'll be working with our safety partners including the Diana Award and Childnet and the government to make progress in this area."
The Diana Award is trying to encourage 9,000 schools to appoint an ambassador as part of DfE-funded projects to work with schools to do more to stamp out prejudice and discrimination.
More than £1 million is being shared among three anti-bullying charities – the Diana Award, Anne Frank Trust and the Anti-Bullying Alliance – to reach more than 260,000 pupils with projects designed to prevent bullying in the classroom and online.
Representatives from the Diana Award and Childnet will join the meeting to set out their partnership with Facebook to encourage schools to appoint pupil ambassadors to help tackle bullying and promote safe and responsible use of technology.
Alex Holmes, deputy chief executive of the Diana Award, said: "Thanks to the support from the Department for Education and Facebook, we are able to offer schools our flagship anti-bullying and online safety programme free of charge – and we are proud to support this government's approach to bullying prevention and internet safety."
Will Gardner, chief executive of Childnet, said: "It is vital that we are working with children and young people, and empowering them to be part of the solution in the fast-moving environment of the online world."