The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

PSHE

Charlie Roden

Wellbeing podcast: body image and eating disorders

In the fourth episode of the Optimus wellbeing podcast, Charlie Roden looks at the factors contributing to negative body image, how this can affect mental health and what can be done to support children and young people. Body image is how we think and feel about our appearance, and how we think...
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Evie Prysor-Jones

How to talk to parents about sex education

Sex and relationships education can be a controversial topic for some parents. Stephen De Silva's template letter will help explain your school's PSHE curriculum. Personal, social and health education (PSHE), and sex and relationship education (SRE) in particular, is of increasing importance for...
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Andrew Moffat

'No Outsiders In Our School' - using assemblies to create a school ethos of acceptance

Dark trends and tragic events make the teaching of LGBT equality even more essential. Andrew Moffat explains how assemblies can be a useful platform. Why give an assembly? Assemblies are a great tool to use when creating the school ethos around equality. The assembly is a place where the code of...
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Linda Thornton

How to support personal, social and emotional development for the under-threes

Why is personal, social and emotional development so important for young children, and how you can make sure you are supporting the children in your setting? Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is possibly the most important of the prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation...
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Gareth D Morewood

Why we shouldn’t forget SRE for pupils with SEND

To discuss why sex and relationship education is just as important for pupils with SEND, SENCo Gareth D Morewood interviews Martin Jones, Head of Beliefs and Values at Priestnall School. In March 2015 the Guardian published an article on Pupils with learning difficulties are being denied their...
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