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Important update: Changes to Children’s Services
Learning at Work Week 2019
Before and After school provision
School term and holiday dates 2020/21
Teachers’ pay grant funding for 2019/20
Wastebusters update
Surrey Fire and Rescue consultation
Surrey Music Hub CPD Programme
MSI (Multisensory Impairment) training course
The Lost Words – Free book for Surrey schools
Moving and Handling in schools training course
Fire Risk Assessment Training 2019
My Reward bulletin - May
Living Streets
Breck's Last Game - update
Fantastic volunteering opportunity at Surrey Libraries
Foreword from Liz Mills
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Breck's Last Game - update
A collective message from Surrey, Essex, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Police
 

Please see below the collective message from Surrey, Essex, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Police in response to the communication sent by the PHSE Association at the end of last term.

 

Stakeholder message from Police

Many of you will be aware of correspondence that has been sent out by the national PSHE Association on Thursday, April 4 to its members about Breck’s Last Game. It is unclear how far and wide it has been circulated but we know it has been sent to schools in Leicestershire, Surrey, Essex and Northamptonshire and the below has also been posted on its website.


In summary, the notice is advising schools not to use Breck’s Last Game and outlines it concerns around using “upsetting or shocking films”.

Understandably, you will be looking for some clarification as to our position in the light of this communication.

PSHE association were among a wide range of people consulted on both the film and the content of the resource pack and many of their concerns and feedback on the lesson plans led to amends and helped shaped the final product. However, it isn’t a product or project that they ‘endorse’.

This does not change anything as far as we are concerned. All four forces remain committed to the project, the rationale for producing the film and its necessity.

The PSHE message does not provide the context for the distribution of the film, nor does it mention the resource pack or our advice that parents are invited to see the film in advance of their children. It does not mention the wrap-around support we recommend children are given when they view the film in their school. The education packs were created with teachers and safeguarding specialists.

We believe children will be safer as a result of watching Breck’s Last Game and early indications from pupils back this up. The project follows on from Kayleigh’s Love Story which resulted in 50 referrals from children when it was shown in schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. 

Breck’s Last Game was launched publicly on Wednesday, 3 April. The response to the public launch of the film has, to date, been overwhelmingly positive with more than three quarters of a million views of the video and lots of people commenting on what a great resource this is, with viewing stats continuing to increase daily.

Breck’s Last Game will be thoroughly evaluated with the feedback from teachers, students and parents. To date we have already had scores of testimonials from teachers, parents and students in support of the project and expressing their appreciation for the resource. We would encourage those of you involved in delivering the film to students to complete the surveys to inform the final evaluation.

We are aware of different schools of thought in relation to showing children films like Kayleigh’s Love Story and Breck’s Last Game to children, but we believe they are a valuable resource and are proven to increase reporting of grooming and as a result help protect young people from harm. 

 

 

In addition to the above collective message (from the Police), Lorin LaFave (Breck's mother and Founder of The Breck Foundation) and Jane Dufton, Service Manager for School Relationships and Support visited the PHSE Association CEO and Deputy CEO during the school holidays.

The previously planned review of the lesson plan resources following feedback from schools (which is overwhelmingly positive), will also take into account PSHE Association feedback. Following the national launch, the lesson plans will be updated to reiterate the messages given to those colleagues that have attended the Train the Trainer events to ensure:

  • A whole school approach is adopted
  • School staff are made aware of the project and receive safeguarding briefing to enable vulnerable children to be identified to ensure arrangements are in place to limit any possibility of trauma.
  • School Leaders must create a safe environment for all children to learn that meets a child’s emotional, wellbeing and learning needs – this may mean they undertake a different learning activity.
  • School safeguarding and pastoral care arrangements are clear to all staff, children & parents. This includes the identification of trusted adults within school and provision of information regarding additional support and safeguarding/wellbeing referrals is available to the school community
  • Parental and governor engagement through bespoke briefings and preview of the film
  • The lessons are an integral part of the package of resources
  • Lessons are delivered using the Golden Rules for PSHE and differentiated where required

 

If you wish to discuss the project further please contact Jane Dufton – janedufton@surreycc.gov.uk
Service Manager – School Relationships and Support
Surrey County Council – Education, Lifelong Learning & Culture.