PSHE Programme for Schools in Cornwall

Headstart Kernow are delighted to be working with Public Health and Healthy Schools in Cornwall to support the new PSHE Programme for schools in Cornwall which will support the integration and development of a broad and comprehensive PSHE curriculum. 

The programme aligned to the  statutory guidance for Primary, Secondary and Further Education, adaptable to suit differing school needs and free to all Cornwall’s schools, this programme has been developed by Brook courtesy of funding from Cornwall Council and NHS England.

Headstart Kernow helped develop the programme content to ensure links with a trauma-informed approach, the whole school apporach and our work with Parents and carers. 

This page will be kept updated with information about how Headstart can support your PSHE work in school (both primary / secondary). 

Healthy Schools to record all of their Q&A sessions to capture the valuable information discussed and make it available at your convenience.
Click to listen to their first Q&A session (Monday 5th October 2020)  
Click to listen to their latest PSHE session - (Tuesday 20th October 2020)

How can Headstart Help?

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools – FREE Training for ALL School Staff; Governors and colleagues supporting MH & WB in schools.

Based on the DfE Wellbeing for Education Return programme, the training is intended to support staff working in schools and colleges to respond to the additional pressures some children and young people may be feeling as a direct result of the pandemic, as well as to any emotional response they or their teachers may still be experiencing from bereavement, stress, trauma or anxiety over the past months.

In Cornwall the Education Psychology Service and Headstart Kernow are working with partners to create a local offer tailored to reflect existing support in county and meet specific needs / themes identified by schools. The training will be delivered flexibly via live online events / online on-demand webinars

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The Headstart Hub

A Cornwall-wide online support network for schools. The Hub offers all school staff / governors and others working with schools access to forums (to network and ask questions / share information); good practice sharing, online live events; webinars, on demand online CPD including bitesize CPD.

 The hub is open to partners across Cornwall so hopefully providing a one-stop shop for advice and information on C&YP MH and wellbeing.

 Membership is free and open to all schools and settings in Cornwall and IOS.

Find out more about the hub

Recovery Curriculum – Using the SWAN framework

The Recovery Curriculum developed by the Educational Psychology Service / Headstart Kernow. It offers schools a Reflective Toolkit to support recovery planning throughout this school year and beyond.

We recognise that every school will have your own context / needs / core values and so the prompts in the Reflective Toolkit are intended to act as conversation starters / springboards. The prompts cover 6 ‘areas for reflection’ organised using the SWAN framework – Safe, Welcoming, Altogether, Nurturing - suggested by Dr Pooky Knightsmith.

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Virtual Ring Binder

The 'Virtual Ring Binder' brings together services and organisations and the resources that are available across the county, to ensure inter professional expertise is available to all workers in their support of young people. We hope this resource provides useful and supportive information. This is a live document and will be updated as we go along.

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Online Resilience Tool

The Online Resilience Tool provides a practical way for professionals to assess young people’s online behaviour and help them make decisions about whether that behaviour represents risk of harm.

The Tool was developed as part of the Digital work-stream of the HeadStart Kernow programme in partnership with University of Bournemouth and the Professionals Online Safety Helpline. In total around 1000 children and young people in Cornwall were involved in the development process through workshops and discussion groups over a three year period.

This free training covers how to use the tool and assess young people's online behaviour; what to do when you have identified a behaviour and online activities and the law

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Wellbeing Measurement Framework WMF

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Parent Support

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Working Together with Young People – Start Now

Working Together with Young People – Start Now

The Start Now website has been created by young people. It provides information / activities and resources by young people for young people. The site includes:

  • the online Wellbeing Action Plan and Toolkit (developed by young people working with Dr Pooky Knightsmith)
  • information about the Youth in Mind Film project and more.
  • Young People are invited to contribute content / help manage the site. Get in touch to find out more.

Visit the Start Now website 


Bloom is a professional consultation model bringing together professionals from different organisations/services to discuss referrals for young people aged 0 – 18 who live or are educated in Cornwall. CAMHS Clinical Psychologists and Primary Mental Health Workers attend each meeting and during each meeting a psychological formulation and suggestions for support for the young person referred are agreed. Referrals are on a CAMHS referral form (link opposite)

Currently meetings are held online via Microsoft Teams.

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 Referrals should be emailed to the Early Help Hub



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