Welcome to the Sweet Winter Newsletter, where you’ll find lots of useful and exciting information and articles to support you on your Sweet journey!
Win an iPad in our Children’s Mental Health Week Competition!
This year, we are inviting all students to get involved in our competition to raise awareness of Children’s Mental Health Week, which takes place from 7th – 13th February.
The theme this year is Growing Together, so we wanted to come up with something that can help us all learn from each other!
Students can either submit a 500 word written piece or a poster that they have designed.
Follow the link below to find out more.
End of Sweet PSD programme
Over the last 12 months you may have seen in our communications that the Sweet Personal and Social Development (PSD) programme is ending.
But don’t be sad, because it has been replaced by the amazing new Personal Growth and Wellbeing (PGW) programme, which we rolled out in September.
If you already have students going through the PSD programme, don’t panic, we will continue to support you as normal!
If you’re not already teaching the Sweet PGW programme and want to know more about it, follow the link below.
‘Ask the Experts’ live webinars
Due to popular demand, we recently held our second ‘Ask the Experts’ Webinar. The webinars are a perfect opportunity to find out more about the Sweet PGW, whether you already work with us or not!
Sales and Relations Manager, Annabel said: “It was great to have another lovely group of staff with us for this month’s ‘Ask the Experts’ webinar. Teaching staff joined the webinar from all across Wales and came from both new and existing centres.
“The webinar gave our attendees an insight into the fantastic new Personal Growth and Wellbeing (PGW) resource and BTEC qualification, and helped to answer lots of questions. It was great to speak to teachers and offer them clarity, support and guidance on how the PGW resource can support their learners in school.
“We also really enjoyed staying on at the end of the webinar to answer individual questions and help staff with some more specific topics.”
If you missed out on our webinar this time around, don’t worry! We are hosting another ‘Ask the Experts’ event on Wednesday 23rd March. Sign up using the link below 😊
FREE CPD Enrichment Event 17th February, 2022
It’s no secret that we’re passionate about wellbeing, and we know that it’s important for staff as well as students. So why not sign up for a free wellbeing event this month?
Our lovely neighbours, Portal Training, are holding a free, catered event on preventing staff “burn out”.
There are just a few spaces remaining on the upcoming Portal Promise event, so if you are a Headteacher, CPD or Wellbeing Lead, or part of the senior leadership team, get in touch with Fran to book your space: email@example.com.
Sweet Centre of the Term
“A realistic and achievable qualification for a range of abilities.”
Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan in Conwy have been Sweet enthusiasts for five years. We were so excited when they agreed to take part in a case study - thanks for your amazing feedback, we love working with you!
What it is about Sweet that made you want to work with us? The range of qualification grades with no examinations and the support offered throughout the course.
What about the Sweet programme do you find most appealing? It is a realistic and achievable qualification for a range of abilities. The topics covered are relevant and up to date, and the resource booklets are set out so the learners could easily see what they have to do.
What trends or issues in your setting drove the need for Sweet? What were you looking for in a solution? Emotional needs and dealing with any mental health issues, especially now in the current climate, as well as general wellbeing and life skills. We also want to help learners understand their feelings and emotions, how and where to seek any support, and prepare the learners for life as a young adult.
What have you been most impressed with? All the booklets are set out in a way that learners can see what is required of them and they can see what they need to do to achieve the qualification. The topics covered are also relevant to the learners.
What has been the best thing about working with Sweet? The support from our Internal Verifier, as well as the templates created for assessment plans and the additional resources provided.
How would you describe the quality of support and supporting resources from Sweet? Our IV is amazing. She is knowledgeable about the course and is always ready to offer support and advice. Nothing is too much trouble. She is friendly, realistic and responds quickly to queries. The additional resources are good quality and totally relate to the course.
What have you enjoyed about teaching Sweet in your setting? Seeing the learners engage in discussion, offer up their opinions and see the learners grow in confidence.
What have your students enjoyed about Sweet? Sharing their knowledge and opinions, and using what they have learnt in other lessons.
And finally, would you recommend Sweet? Yes! It is a valuable course giving learners the skills to lead a healthy life.
Welcome on board to our new Sweet Centres joining us this term!
Educating every child in the UK about public sexual harassment
We recently published a new worksheet to support conversations about sexual harassment in schools.
If you would like more support or information on this topic, take a look at Our Streets Now.
Their vision is for every young person to be taught about public sexual harassment (PSH), its root causes and its impact in school.
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