Welcome to the Sweet Winter Newsletter, where you’ll find lots of useful and exciting information to support you on your Sweet journey!
New PGW Parent and Carer Guide!
Fancy an extra gift this festive season? Then look no further than our brand-new PGW Parent and Carer guide! The digital guide will launch in the new year and can be shared with parents and carers of children who are currently completing the Sweet PGW qualification.
The digital guide walks parents and carers through the content of the PGW resource, detailing the key topics that their children learn about, as well as offering further support and advice.
The guide includes signposting and additional resources, useful links, and lots of tips so that parents and carers can reinforce their child’s learning at home.
Keep an eye on our website and social media accounts in the new year for further updates about the launch of this exciting new resource – we can’t wait to share it with you!
Free Personal and Social Development Workbooks
Claim your free PSD workbooks by January 31st 2023.
As you know, our old Personal and Social Development (PSD) course is no longer available, and the books will no longer help students to achieve the PSD qualification.
Now that the course has finished, we are left with a very limited number of PSD workbooks. These are available to centres who would like to use them as PS(H)E resources for younger learners. We are giving the books away at no cost - all you need to pay is postage. The books are available in English and Welsh, and are still perfect for supporting the delivery of the PS(H)E and RSE curriculum.
The free books will be available until the end of January, and will be provided on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in receiving any of these books, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you would like!
Please note that these books cannot be used towards the PGW qualification and should not be ordered in place of the PGW books.
Best Education Product 2022
It’s been two months since our PGW Resource was crowned ‘Best Education Product 2022’ at The Mental Health and Wellbeing Wales Awards, and we can’t stop admiring our shiny award!
We’ve been busy bees over the last couple of months with lots of new centres eager to introduce our award-winning product to their students. Thank you to everyone who has come on board.
If you’d like to offer the Best Education Product 2022 in your school or centre, get in touch today – we’d love to work with you!
Sweet Feedback Survey
If you’re a Sweet Customer and you haven’t already completed our Centre Feedback Survey, please take a few minutes to fill in the form by clicking on the button below.
We are constantly striving to provide our centres with the best resources, IQA support and customer service possible. And we need your help to do it!
Your feedback is vital to help us continually improve and develop our resources, including workbooks, teaching resources and our support processes.
Sweet Centre of the Term
Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw have been using Sweet resources for over 8 years. We were absolutely delighted when they agreed to be in the spotlight for our Sweet Centre of the Term. Diolch yn fawr.
What was it about Sweet that made you want to work with us?
“We were searching for a course for disaffected students, one which would promote a sense of self-pride, self-esteem and a wide range of life skills. Sweet seemed to “fit the bill” perfectly.”
Which factors did you consider when choosing the Sweet resource?
“The content was our first consideration – we needed something to develop key skills and life skills.
“Given the nature of the students, our second consideration was the form of delivery as more the regular teaching methods did not appeal to them. We considered the type of activity the students enjoyed most and sought a course which would meet our, and their needs. The supporting resources have improved hugely during the past 8 years.”
Which features of the resource have you been most impressed with?
“For me, the most impressive features are the speed with which resources have been developed and adapted year on year, and particularly the fact that the opinions of teachers has been taken on board when developing resources.
“Current resources are student-friendly, attractive and applicable to everyday life.
“Current teaching resources are comprehensive, informative and aim to ensure consistency of assessment from school to school.”
What has been the best thing about working with Sweet?
“Customer care has always been good at all levels, from the phone contacts to the verification process.”
How would you describe the quality of the support and supporting resources that you receive from Sweet?
“Resources have been well prepared to guide teachers, although there is still tremendous freedom for teachers to deliver lessons in a variety of ways according the their individual teaching style and the learning styles of the students. “Our IV has always been approachable, available, helpful and friendly and, like us, she wants to see students succeed and offers strong, clear guidance and support on anything that needs to be improved.”
What have you enjoyed about teaching Sweet in your setting?
“The range of topics covered has been one of the main features I have enjoyed – they help to develop the students’ comprehension of matters that they will encounter as they embark on their lives as young adults. At the same time, as a teacher of language, I have found the course to be an appropriate means of developing literacy skills (and IT and digital skills).”
What have your students enjoyed about Sweet?
“Students have found the discussions interesting and these have been a way to develop “deep questioning” and making students really think about some of the more probing questions.
Finally, would you recommend Sweet?
Yes, mainly for the reasons listed above. I have found the course particularly useful for disaffected students, but I am confident that all students could benefit from following many of the units in the Sweet package.
If you would like to be featured as our Sweet Centre of the Term or take part in a case study, please follow the link below and complete the form!
Welcome on board to our new Sweet Centres joining us this term!
Mental Health & Suicide Awareness
We are delighted to have teamed up with Lloyd Ashley, of ‘Living Well with Lloyd Ashley’, to create a poster for Mental Health & Suicide Awareness.
Lloyd Ashley is an accredited First Aid for Mental Health Instructor, Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing for the Welsh Rugby Players Association, and a committed ambassador for Hafal.
As an ex-professional rugby player, Lloyd has had the honour of representing both the Ospreys and Scarlets over a 10-year career. Lloyd has also achieved qualifications in counselling, leadership & management, coaching and more.
This new poster helps young people to understand the different ways that people can be affected by mental health and suicide, how to spot when someone in struggling, and where to turn for support.
To download the poster, visit www.sweet.education, or follow the link below.
Ask the Experts Webinar
Join us for our next ‘Ask the Experts’ Webinar on 26th January at 3.30pm.
The webinar is a perfect opportunity for interested centres to find out more about the Sweet PGW, and ask any questions you may have.