Over 75% of primary schools
and over 50% of secondary schools in the UK
use Tacade resources
Loss, change and bereavement for children aged 3-11 years old
Everyone will experience change and loss throughout their lives, such as a family breakdown or the death of a relative or friend. School communities will have to support children who have faced loss in one of its myriad forms. This resource adopts both a proactive and a reactive approach to loss and change and will enable staff to make an immediate considered response to a loss and change situation, including bereavement.
It is a practical working document with 'tried and tested' practical ideas, including ideas for activities, linked to curriculum areas, and assemblies; poems, letters, writing and artwork; teaching staff, governor, parent/carer training workshop/self awareness session; case studies; and a comprehensive resource list. In addition there is a wealth of background information for teaching staff about aspects of loss, change and bereavement.
The areas covered include:
- Children's questions about death and dying
- Children anticipating the death of somesome close
- Telling sad things
- Talking about a parent/carer who is dying
- Talking about a grantparent who is dying
- The dying child
- Dying siblings
- The dying teacher
- Living with a family member with mental health problems
- The impact of disability
- Refugee and asylum seekers
- Young Carers
- Children of imprisoned parents/carers
- Sudden death
- Suicide of a family member
- Participating in funerals and rituals
- Meeting individual secular and religious needs
- Children's developmental understanding of loss, change and bereavement
The resource was initially trialled in Hull. Primary schools fed back the following comments:
‘It has raised a greater awareness about the length of time it takes for a child to grieve‘
‘The resource has given staff confidence and lots of useful ideas and approaches‘
‘It really helped us when a pupil was losing a loved one‘
Life Matters - New!
A board game for young people aged 13-19 years old about life's opportunities, risks and challenges... sexual health and behaviour, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
Life Matters has proven to be extremely effective in engaging young people in discussions about a variety of issues around sexual health and sexual behaviour, alcohol, smoking and other drugs.
The pack consists of:
- 1 dice
- 6 playing tokens
- 6 female bodies with 7 body parts
- 6 male bodies with 7 body parts
- 55 questions about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
- 55 questions about sexual health and sexual behaviour
- 12 ‘life’ cards
- 1 Life Matters board
It can be played by up to twelve people and takes about one hour to complete. The winner is the first player to finish with all seven body parts intact! Response to the game has been very positive and indicates that it is an excellent way for young people to learn about important issues relating to their health and wellbeing, including sexual health and behaviour, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
The game throws up the unexpected and shows how it takes knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of issues and sound decision making to become a winner. The issues raised will inevitably continue the discussions and inevitably lead to requests to replay the game, since only a fraction of the questions will be raised during any one game.
‘I thought I would email you to say how we enjoy the Life Matters board game. I have played it with several different groups and all the young people enjoyed it so much that they did not want to put it away. It really is valuable resource'
Headteacher, North Yorkshire
Little Steps: an Early Years resource promoting Personal, Social
and Emotional Development for 3-5 year olds
Revised Edition 2009
This resource provides a range of ideas to enable practitioners to meet the needs of the 3-5 year olds in both statutory and non-statutory early years settings.
- supports the Safeguarding agenda
- encourages empowerment for all those supporting community cohesion
- promotes self-awareness and self-confidence
- provides opportunities for children to use and apply their learning to enquiry and problem solving
- has a resource bank of ideas and activities which encourages critical thinking
The materials contain:
- a self-evaluation audit of current PSE practice in the setting
- guidance and ideas for working effectively in partnership with parents
- effective planning for PSE
- a curriculum resource bank containing ideas for activities and assessment linked to relevant stories, poems and music
a background paper on observation and assessment.
The materials are linked DIRECTLY to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in England and to the relevant guidance documents for Early Years work in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Special purchase price see order form for further details.
‘The evaluation of the resource has been excellent'
School Improvement Adviser, East Riding
‘Little Steps’ was developed in partnership with
Birmingham City Council and Cheshire County Council.
Skills for the Primary School Child Part 1: I am, I know, I can
Now available in coil-bound format.
||A completely revised and
updated edition of the hugely popular ‘Skills for the
Primary School Child Foundation Programme’. This
publication enables primary school teachers to deliver the
Framework for Personal, Social and Health Education and
Citizenship in England; complements the SEAL materials; and
supports the five key outcomes outlined in ‘Every Child
Matters’. It addresses the relevant guidance documents in
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
'I am, I know, I can' contains:
+57 lessons organised under four broad areas:
+an introductory section setting the context, linking to
assemblies and guidance documents and providing an overview of
the core activities with a planning tool to assist use
- developing confidence and responsibility and making the
most of their abilities
- preparing to play an active role as citizens
- developing a healthy, safer lifestyle
- developing good relationships and respecting the
differences between people
+3 workshops for teachers, parents and whole school staff
- developing a whole school approach to PSHE and Citizenship
- communicating with children
‘Excellent, clear, well thought out activities.
Considerably reduces unnecessary time spent on planning’
A wonderful resource that has been used in our children's centre in their weekend clubs. The manual has been used primarily with 10 to 13 year olds and it has tackled issues such as bullying, decision-making, confidence building, healthy living, power of money and co-operation. All the issues that have been tackled are crucial in re-building the self-confidence and the physiological approach to education for the pre-secondary and secondary school children.
Children's Centre, Chester
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Gwybod... Dwi’n Gallu…
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Gallu’ yn cynnwys
+ 57 o wersi, wedi’u trefnu mewn
pedwar maes bras:
- Magu hyder a chyfrifoldeb a gwneud y gorau o’u
- Paratoi i chwarae rhan weithgar fel dinasyddion
- Merithrin ffordd iach a diogel o fyw
- Meithrin perthnasoedd da a pharchu gwahaniaethau rhwng
The quality of this pack is such that obtaining support across Wales for its translation was easy and we are very grateful to all the personnel who backed this venture and thereby tipped the balance in getting it funded, and to the Welsh Assembly Government for making the funds available. The pack speaks for itself - when I present it to teachers on the training days they fall on it with delight. It not only provides a clear skeleton of lessons under four topic headings, (each lesson with a one sentence descriptor so that they know what is what) but each lesson has between 6 and 8 additional ideas for developing the topic. The lesson objectives are there at the top of the page; each lesson has a word box and a list of poems and stories to support the theme and so teachers immediately understand how this will fit into their everyday teaching.
The pack is so flexible that matching it to the Welsh PSE Framework is not an issue. Many schools now use it as the basis for planning their PSE provision across the two Key Stages, needing only to identify where the subject links are and what additional specific material they will weave into the mix, such as the main areas of health education and some more specific work around citizenship and the environment. The Tacade pack provides the starting point for all these topics and give teachers confidence to plan and carry out a really exciting programme.
Former Associate Advisor Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion
for the Primary School Child Part 2: Current Issues in Personal
and Social Education
contains 32 lessons on PSHE and CITIZENSHIP, including:
- 5 lessons on sexual health and relationships (building
- 5 lessons on citizenship (bullying, keeping safe in the
- 5 lessons on health education (healthy eating, exercise and
rest, keeping clean)
- 5 lessons on environmental education (water, waste
- 2 lessons on HIV/AIDS
- 5 lessons on Careers Education and Guidance
- 5 lessons on Economic and Industrial Understanding
We have used this manual in the weekend clubs for older children. The varied nature of the subjects has encouraged the children to join the clubs, and the most popular project has been the sections on citizenship and careers. The children who take part in these sessions have spent a long time suffering from the effects of social exclusion and therefore, they are subject to bullying and other dangers that the communities pose to them. The citizenship project has offered very useful advice on keeping safe in the community and how to deal positively with bullying. The careers project has brought about clear thinking from the children about their futures and until now, the children had not received any information or had any help from their families about careers and their hopes for the future.
Children's Education Team
|A FREE Resource Pack
for People Working With Young Carers
Tacade has developed a FREE resource for
Young Carer Workers [and teachers] who work in primary and
secondary schools. The aim of the pack is too raise awareness
and develop understanding about:
- how young carers are defined
- the particular needs of young carers
- increasing acceptance (and, consequently, decreasing the
stigma) in schools of the need to care for people with mental
health, substance misuse and disability issues
‘A resource pack for people working
with Young Carers’ contains:
- two lessons for 7 – 11 year olds (Key Stage 2)
- two lessons for 11 – 14 year olds (Key Stage 3)
- two lessons for 14 – 16 year olds (Key Stage 4)
- a CD ROM containing powerpoint assemblies for Key Stages 2,
3 and 4
- how can schools identify young carers?
- how can teachers help young carers?
- young carers partners in education support agreement form
- student questionnaires
- a young carer’s charter
- example of a young carers policy for schools
- action checklist for teachers
Please Click Here
to download this FREE resource for people working with Young
– Drug education materials for true mixed abilities
The materials are intended for
use with 11-14 year old students. They are particularly targeted
at those students with learning difficulties, who may well be
the more vulnerable and at risk young people.
The ASK materials (Attitudes, Skills
and Knowledge) contain 49 trigger sheets each
of which may form the basis for a session on a particular aspect
of drug education.
'Teachers rated this resource positively ... it was felt to
be useful for a wide range of age groups and activities or the
basis for a lesson at school'
Research Works Limited Evaluation Report
Independent Pre-testing and Trialling:
The findings from this qualitative pre-testing/trialling indicated that teachers rated this resource positively. The majority of respondents felt the resource had a range of core strengths which led them to view the resource as 'very usable' in PSHE lessons. These views were further supported when the resource was tested within the classroom situation.
'ASK' was highlighted as an instant accessible and versatile resource for both teachers and pupils. These were key strengths. The trigger sheets format was rated as ideal for the variety of PSHE classes and teaching situations. Equally less confident teachers felt more secure with the trigger sheet approach. Coverage of specific drug topics and the range of exercises and approaches employed was considered comprehensive. The layout, design clarity of language and tone were also positively rated. In practice, pupils also enjoyed using the resource.
The resource structure, 'ASK', was praised. Equally the range of trigger sheets enhanced the potential usage of the resource as a regular element within drug education classes. Overall, the resource was felt to be useful for a wide range of age groups and abilities within mainstream education.
Research Works Ltd
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