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In this section you can catch up on all the latest news from SAPHNA and around the profession.

School Readiness Interventions

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, December 09, 2018 -

Please see link to collection of school readiness interventions, sent on behalf of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health:

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New Policy Report: Young People With Continence Problems Need Better Support At Secondary School

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 -

Researchers from the University of Bristol led a workshop entitled "Continence Problems in Young People. Translating the evidence into designing support materials for schools" which outlined the findings from two research studies.


This in-depth qualitative research, the first of its kind in the UK, explored the impacts of continence problems for young people at secondary school and the barriers to their effective management. The study also assessed current awareness, practices and future information needs of school staff.


Informed by workshop participants, the findings and implications have now been summarised into this policy report Young people with continence problems need better support at secondary school


Contrary to popular belief, continence problems often persist into adolescence.


In an average sized secondary school there could be around 30-40 young people affected.


Under the Children and Families Act (2014) schools are required to provide appropriate support for children and young people with health problems.

However, the findings indicate that the needs of young people with bladder and bowel issues are not being met.


Key points include:

Continence problems are common in young people, but some schools are not complying with their legal duty to make arrangements to support children with a medical condition.

Addressing the challenges starts with educating teachers and other school staff.

Secondary school staff need support to understand their responsibilities and to know how to respond to the unique needs of young people with continence problems.

The statutory guidance from the Department for Education on 'Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions at School' should include guidance for schools on clear and discreet procedures to make disclosing continence problems easier for young people.

Young people with continence problems may need extra time during exams and additional support to catch up with missed parts of lessons.

This requires a national approach to address unequal provision between schools.


This report is based upon research led by Dr Carol Joinson, Reader in Developmental Psychology at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with ERIC – The Children's Bowel and Bladder Charity, which was funded by the Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.


If you would like further information on this research topic, Dr Joinson and Juliette Randall (CEO of ERIC) are happy to discuss the work:;

This research has been welcomed by many organisations in this sector, and Dr Joinson would like to acknowledge the role of ERIC, the Paediatric Continence Forum and Bladder and Bowel UK in informing this work.

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RSE Roadmap

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

What is the Roadmap?
The Roadmap is a one-page digital tool with a series of hyperlinked buttons that guide you through the actions and resources needed in order to provide high quality RSE ready for the statutory requirement.

Who is the Roadmap for?
The Roadmap was designed with Heads and Senior Leaders in schools in mind, to use together with their PSHE Leads and governor leading on RSE. The step by step approach breaks the task of preparing for statutory RSE into manageable chunks.

When does the journey start?
Some of the steps on the roadmap require considerable planning and lead-in time, so we'd encourage you to share the roadmap with governors, Heads and SLT now.

Looking for more support?
Dr Polly Haste, Head of Training & Practice, will guide delegates through using the Roadmap and a range of other tools in a pair of workshops at an RSE Countdown conference on 30 November 2018. Polly is running separate workshops for primary and secondary schools which provide a fantastic tool box to ensure you are ready for statutory RSE. Time is running out to book your ticket!

RSE teachers survey
- preliminary findings from a survey of 240 teachers of RSE in England have been published. The Sex Ed Forum found that 29% of those teaching RSE had not had any training in the subject at all. 20% said they lacked confidence in adapting teaching to meet the needs of children with SEND, and 21% said they lacked confidence on making the curriculum LGBT inclusive.

A news story with headline findings is available here, and was also covered by TES

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Rise Above | Overview | PHE School Zone

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

Rise Above aims to help teachers deliver PSHE lessons to engage young people on a variety of key health issues, including: smoking, body image in a digital world and exam stress.  Download engaging lesson plans, PowerPoints and films:



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Keeping Children Safe in Education

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, September 04, 2018 -

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

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Obesity, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Primary Schools

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, August 05, 2018 -

Please see the following link for information:

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RCN - Health Needs In Schools And Community Settings

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

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National School Breakfast Programme

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

Free breakfast food, start-up grant and expert support available to eligible schools.


Funding from central government is available now to set up or improve breakfast provision, via the new National School Breakfast Programme, in over 1,770 schools in disadvantaged areas of England.


The Department for Education’s National School Breakfast Programme is being delivered by Magic Breakfast and Family Action, who are recruiting schools now which either have no existing breakfast provision, or breakfast provision where there is scope for improvement (according to specific criteria).


Most schools that sign up to the National School Breakfast Programme will receive as much free, healthy breakfast food, delivered straight to the door, as is needed to feed every child at risk of hunger in those schools. In addition to resources and best practice events, a dedicated member of the NSBP team will be available to support each school and a £500 start-up grant will be available to buy necessary equipment such as toasters or a freezer.


Healthy school breakfasts benefit pupils by improving their concentration, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and educational attainment. Research funded by the Education Endowment Foundation found that Y2 pupils in schools providing a free, nutritious breakfast, boosted their reading, writing and maths by an average of 2 months’ progress per year, compared to pupils in schools with no such breakfast provision.


Schools can find out if they are eligible for support from the National School Breakfast Programme by filling in an Expression of Interest form here and returning it to

Please spread the word to the schools in your area who you think would benefit from this exciting opportunity to ensure their pupils get a healthy start to their day.


For more information visit

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The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, July 23, 2018 -

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has produced a booklet for primary and secondary schools to support all staff working in school settings to understand how best to help children and young people in their care.

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Schools to Teach 21st Century Relationships and Sex Education

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, March 13, 2017 -   Read More

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