Category Archives: Schools work

FREE online course to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children

SelfharmUK and the Virtual College have worked in partnership to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children. Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the […]

The Adoptables Toolkit – a free resource for key stages 2 and 3

The Adoptables Toolkit is a free resource for key stages 2 and 3 that enables students to understand the issues faced by adopted children and young people at school.  It will also increase staff awareness of behavioural issues that can affect young people from the care system. The package for schools includes lesson plans, teachers’ […]

Incredible Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World

Every child deserves an education. Unfortunately, young girls and women ― half of the world’s population ― are rarely given the same opportunities as boys to learn, study and succeed. Globally, 65 million girls are not in school. Out of the 774 million people who are illiterate around the world, two-thirds are women. There are 33 million fewer […]

Talking to children about terrorism

Megan, who used to belong to one of my youth groups, has written a final year project for her journalism degree course  on how to talk to children about terrorism, particularly after Manchester. If you have a spare 5 minutes feel free to have a look by clicking on the links below. Meet Racheal Austin and […]

Christmas video 21: The Nativity in Sand

The Bible Society produced this video of sand artist Gert van der Vijver retelling the story of the Nativity in sand.  This is a great thing to watch in an all-age service:  

Best children’s Christmas story book

One of my favourite resources for the Christmas season is Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan. Nicholas Allan writes and illustrates the nativity through the eyes of a grumpy inn keeper who is unexpectedly at the centre of Jesus’ birth.  The story follows him as he is woken up repeatedly by Mary and Joseph and guests visiting the […]

Christmas video 16: Shepherds, Wise Men and baby Jesus spoken word

Miriam Swaffield wrote these spoken word videos about the shepherds, the wise men and baby Jesus. They are brilliant, we’ve used them with our 11-14 year olds who’ve loved them. Fusion have recorded them and made them available for FREE download here – you might want to use them in your services or youth events you’ve got […]

My heart breaks for the burned-out teachers

This articulates many of the reasons I would never consider going into teaching.   When I was applying for university in 2000 I looked carefully at doing a BEd degree and training to be a teacher.  I was put off by the way the government drive towards targets, overbearing amounts of paperwork, and stifling creativity […]

Christmas Video 11: He Came Down

‘If you’ve ever felt rejected, excluded or a stranger Remember the One who came down in the manger.’    

Christmas video 9: Mulberry Miracle

What does Christmas without Jesus look like? Today in our consumeristic society we replace Jesus with a handbag, a smartphone, food, and so much more.  This is a great video that would work well at a carol service.

Safeguarding update from Hampshire Constabulary

Please be aware of the attached further update from Hampshire Constabulary Dear Parents, You may be aware of an explicit video involving two children which has been shared far and wide on social media and has been in the news this week. Hampshire Constabulary has conducted a thorough investigation into these matters and a man has […]

Hampshire detectives charge man following investigation into online sexual offences

Hampshire Constabulary have released a statement about a local investigation into online sexual offences: Officers from the child abuse investigation team at Hampshire Constabulary have charged a man in connection with an investigation into online sexual offences. Daniel Norton, from Cheadle, in Stockport, has been charged with the following – Three counts of inciting a […]