Health Related Behaviour Survey 2019
Purpose of Survey
Newcastle City Council’s Public Health Team are offering all city schools with Year 4, 6, 8 or 10 pupils (excluding independent schools), the opportunity to take part in the 2019 Health Related Behaviour Survey of children and young people. The survey supports the work of schools to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils. All Heads were emailed on 27 September 2018 inviting participation, with a
consent/agreement form included, to be returned no later than 9 November 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The information collected will provide schools and the City Council and its partners, with a wealth of information and trend data on which to further
develop our work to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. It will build upon the surveys undertaken in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, and is open to all schools irrespective of previous participation.
The survey comprises an anonymous online questionnaire which pupils complete online whilst at school. It has been developed nationally by the Schools Health Education Unit who administer it on our behalf. The survey is aimed at Years 4, 6, 8, and 10 only (as appropriate to the school phase). It must be administered in the period 15 January 2019 to 15 March 2019.
Participating schools will receive a pdf report and summary charts of their school’s results, with a comparison to the citywide averages and statistically significant results. Schools within Newcastle Learning Trusts or Academy Groups, are also offered a free Trust or Academy Group wide summary report of the results, provided that all schools within either grouping participate in the survey.
How to Participate
All schools wishing to take part must provide their written consent for the raw data gathered to be accessed by Newcastle City Council for use in public health intelligence gathering, planning and commissioning. This helps the City Council gain a better understanding of the behaviours, views and needs of the pupils in Newcastle, including trend data and allows for more effective targeting of resources and services. Individual school data is not shared with anyone without the Head’s expressed permission.
A briefing sheet outlining what is involved in the survey, plus Head teacher letter, consent agreement form and sample letter to parents/carers can be found below.
For those schools wishing to take part in the survey, a free briefing event for designated leads will be held on Thursday 29 November 2018 from 4.00pm to 5.30pm at Newcastle Civic Centre (Pandon Committee Room), Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 8QH (refreshments from 4.00pm).
Contacts for Further Information
Judith MacMorran email@example.com 0191 2115509
Roz Rigby firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 211 5573.
Headteacher meetings 2018/19
Meeting dates attached for:
Director's Primary Heads
Promise Board Inclusion Subgroup
Promise Board School Effectiveness Subgroup
If you have any queries please contact me on Julie.email@example.com
Schools Directory 2018/19
See attached Schools Directory for academic years 2018/19.
If you have any amendments to your school's information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see attached letter from Heather Thompson, Neurodevelopmental Team Manager.
NSPCC News October
Rise in counselling sessions for peer sexual abuse
Childline counselling sessions with young people concerned about peer sexual abuse haven risen by 29 per cent since last year.
Young people who spoke to Childline revealed a lack of understanding about consent, with some feeling unsure if something was abuse when they were in a relationship.
Childline has re-launched its #ListenToYourSelfie campaign which encourages young people to seek help if they're in an unhealthy relationship.
Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from harmful sexual behaviour
School support for pupils affected by domestic abuse
Operation Encompass is a system which ensures the police contact a school before the next school day when one of their pupils has been exposed to domestic abuse.
This allows a school’s safeguarding team to make sure the appropriate support is in place to give the pupil the assistance they need.
The scheme currently operates in some form in 33 forces in England and Wales but will be rolled out to all forces following funding that has been awarded by the Home Office.
Source: Children and Young People Now
Further information: Operation Encompass
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) survey
The Sex Education Forum is seeking the views of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) teachers to help create a national picture of current practice in schools in England and what support is needed to achieve high quality RSE.
The survey closes on 31st October and respondents can be be entered into a prize draw for a free ticket to the Sex Education Forum’s national conference Countdown to statutory RSE, taking place in London on Friday 30 November 2018.
Take the Survey Here.
Less than half of secondary school pupils would tell a teacher about online safety concerns
An online safety survey by Digital Schoolhouse has revealed that just 40 per cent of the over 2,000 primary and secondary school pupils surveyed would feel comfortable confiding in a teacher, or other member of staff if something had happened online that concerned them.
The survey also revealed that 30 per cent of pupils felt that school online safety education has little or no relevance to their use of technology outside of school.
Source: Digital Schoolhouse
Further information: Online safety: a pupil's perspective (PDF)
Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from online abuse
Updates to keeping children safe in education
The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance for England to include: a link to The Childcare (Disqualification) and Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Extended Entitlement) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (paragraph 132); and clarification on the point at which a school must make referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (paragraphs 158 and 159). The flowchart titled 'Actions where there are concerns about a child' in Keeping children safe in education: for school and college staff (part 1) has also been updated to make it more accessible.
Further information: Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF)
Experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils at school
The BBC reports that the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has heard evidence from experts pointing out that bullying, racism and feeling left out of the curriculum are major factors in low school attendance rates among children and young people from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community. The Women and Equalities Committee is holding an inquiry to look at inequalities faced by the GRT community.
Further information: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
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