Online Training and Support
Facts4Life offers training and support to schools in Gloucestershire and beyond.
The dates for our current training courses can be seen below. Click on the links in each tab for further details on the training sessions. Scroll down for our training course descriptions and key themes.
Early Years Foundation Stage training (free to Gloucestershire settings only)
- For Key Workers (in an Early Years setting)
- Monday 20th September 2021 (13:00-14:30)
- Monday 27th September 2021 (15:30-17:00)
- For Family Support Workers/Community Family Workers (in an Early Years setting)
- Monday 28 June 2021 (13:30-14:30)
Secondary (KS3 Core Resources) training – for Gloucestershire schools only
- New dates to be confirmed
For Family Support Workers in schools (free to Gloucestershire schools)
- New dates to be confirmed
For Family Support Workers/Community Family Workers in Early Years settings (free to Gloucestershire EY settings)
- Monday 28th June 2021 (13:30-14:30)
Early Years Foundation Stage training – introduces practitioners to the key ideas of our approach and the delivery of the Early Years materials, including our children’s book ‘This is Fin and Bear’. At the training you will receive copies of the Early Years pack and access to online resources, including songs, activity cards and ‘mindful me’ cards.
Primary Resource training – introduces teachers to the key ideas of the approach and the delivery of the materials. We invite a teacher from Reception/Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 from each school to attend to support the sharing of learning back in school. At the training you will receive free copies of the Facts4Life resource and access to a wide range of online modules, including support for mental health and relationships education. The resources cover Reception through to Year 6 and form units of work that can be taught as a stand-alone topic or adapted to suit the needs of your pupils and your curriculum.
Primary RSE Resource training – the central themes of the Facts4Life approach to RSE are the range of normality, safeguarding and healthy relationships. They include a focus on health and hygiene and take into account the physical developments and possible emotional responses that a child will be experiencing as they progress through primary school. The training will support teachers in the light of Justine Greening’s announcement of the need for all schools to deliver relationships education from September 2019. It will provide guidance on current legislation, developing your school’s RSE policy, and integrating the materials into the curriculum.
Primary Mental Health Resource & KS3 Mental Health Resource training – gives teachers the confidence to explore issues of mental health with children, provide a language for discussion and develop strategies for support. The classroom materials are structured around 3 central questions: what is mental health?, when might I need help? and how can I better support myself? They are designed to be reassuring for students, recognising that we all experience the ‘ups and downs’ of health, but that there are some choices we can make to ‘smooth our path’ and build our resilience. This includes self-help as well as peer support.
KS3 Resource training – introduces teachers to different aspects of health resilience and our 9 modules with additional on-line materials including support for mental health. The modules can be delivered flexibly within an hour’s PSHE lesson or within tutor time, either across a single term or within a spiral PSHE curriculum. Themes include chance and choice, personal responsibility and recognition of the range of normality.
Facts4Life Key Themes
Running through all of our resources are the three key messages of Facts4Life:
- Riding the Ups and Downs (of Health) – Our state of health is constantly changing due to the challenges we meet and how we respond to them. It is a normal part of life to be ill from time to time. However, we believe that for most of us it is in our power to minimise the ‘downs’ (when we are less well) and maximise the ups (when we are more well).
- Keeping Balanced – Daily challenges can knock us ‘off-balance.’ A variety of processes in our bodies help us to respond to these challenges and return to equilibrium. By and large we are very successful at managing this – most of the time, most of us get better from most illnesses without help.
- Smoothing the Path – With a better understanding of the symptoms of an illness and how it’s treated, we come naturally to thinking about actions that can be taken to maximise our health, which might include healthy eating, physical exercise, rest and sleep. This more exploratory learning is a very different route to telling individuals what they should or shouldn’t be doing.