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Help someone who self-harms

March 10, 2016 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Other, Young Leaders,

At least 1 in 10 young people will self harm before the age of 16. That makes it a huge issue and yet one that is often misunderstood by parents, teachers and those working with young people. This guide outlines some of the key reasons why young people self harm, how to support a young person who is harming and where to go to find more information and advice.

Support a young person through loss

October 18, 2014 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Young Leaders,

At some point in their school journey, most students will be affected in some way by the death of a family member, friend, classmate or teacher. The following is a guide on how you may best support a young person as they grieve. The thoughts that follow could easily be a help if you are supporting children or young people experiencing other types of loss such as separation, divorce and when someone is seriously ill or a death is anticipated.

Have An eSafety Policy

October 07, 2011 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Other,

Use of new technology needs to be something we are building into our strategies to reach out and connect with young people. However, with every new release or update comes a new risk or element to be aware of. Never before has it been so important for young people and for those of us who work with young people to be kept safe online, and in every other form of e-communication.

The PDF to download is an example of an e-safety policy, which aims to share good practice that is in place across many schools work projects and youth work organisations in the UK. We are not suggesting that this is a complete guide for each and every project in need of an e-safety policy, however it aims to highlight many issues it is important to consider.

Find Funding

July 16, 2010 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Other,

It's one thing to have the vision to work in schools, but another to be able to find the funding to do it. Christian organisations regularly struggle to get the income they need to pay for staff and all the other costs involved. In this guide, we explore the different options available for churches,organisations and individuals who want to find funding to work in education.

Develop a strategy

October 04, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Other,

So you're involved in visiting a school, perhaps as the church youth worker or the staff member for a local schools project, and you're trying to work out what you should be doing. Perhaps the school has already suggested some things you could do, like help with a mentoring programme, or maybe you're wondering what you should ask if you can do. This guide sets out how a schools worker can develop a clear strategy for their work with the right aims and objectives.

Run an RE Day

April 10, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Young Leaders,

Most schools are required to teach Religious Education to students. For many this will normally involve a weekly RE lesson but some schools increasingly put on RE Days. These involve students stepping out of the normal timetable and spending a whole day on a particular RE theme. This guide will explain how RE Days are organised, how schoolsworkers can organise or contribute to them and where to find helpful resources.

Run an anger management group

December 19, 2007 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Other, Young Leaders,

Most teenagers get angry. It's a natural emotion, something that we all experience. But, for some young people, their anger gets out of control and they find themselves in difficulties, especially at school. As a result, anger management groups have become more and more common in education as a way of helping students take control of their emotions and avoid getting into trouble. This guide is about how to set up and run an anger management group with students in a school.

Support a student

November 04, 2007 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Young Leaders,

Although Christian schools work is often assumed to only include taking assemblies and lessons or running Christian groups, pastoral support for students is also a very common activity by schools workers. Support might range from informal conversations with students during break times to scheduled counselling sessions or therapeutic groups. This guide explores the kind of pastoral support options available, the skills needed to work effectively, and the qualifications and accreditation available.

Start from scratch

November 03, 2007 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Other,

It may not be quite as bad as your first day at a new school as a student, but faced with the challenge of making contact with schools as a youth worker is still pretty intimidating. This guide is about how to start out in a school from scratch, including how to make contact, deciding what you're going to do and, of course, how to make a real and lasting impact.

Prepare a lesson

November 03, 2007 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Young Leaders,

You find yourself standing in front of a class of 30 Year 10's. They're ready and waiting for you to start the lesson. What are you going to do? What will engage them, get them talking and thinking, and ultimately learning? How can you communicate your Christian beliefs and faith?

Plan an assembly

November 03, 2007 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Young Leaders,

So you've been invited to take an assembly, and now you're wondering what on earth you're going to do. Don't panic! Whether you're about to take a primary or secondary assembly, or perhaps stand in front of a group of sixth formers, this guide will take through the stages of planning the content, presenting on the day, and some vital do's and don't's. The challenge is not only for your assembly to run smoothly, but for your presentation to have a real and lasting impact on the students.