At the beginning of the new term at Ballard School, Adrian Sladdin, Director of Education at the Young Gamblers’ Education Trust, joined almost 80 of the teaching staff to deliver a half day INSET on the issues of young people and problem gambling and social gaming. There was an enthusiastic response from the teachers during the three hour training session, with lively debate around some of the major issues within the PSHE context. Adrian from YGAM was also able to spend time with the Head of PSHE, Andy Marshall, to look at how YGAM can support the school further during the next 12 months as part of its on-going social mission, as well as trial new Primary Resources.
It was also possible to run a Parents’ Awareness session from YGAM in the afternoon, with a focus on digital literacy and mobile ‘phone safety, centred around social gaming and e-sports, which again was a first for YGAM and which will now be more broadly offered to schools.
Alastair Reid, Head Teacher of Ballard School said: “Many, many, thanks for taking the time and trouble to visit us at Ballard. Your presentations were extremely well received by staff and by parents. We have reached the end of INSET – and now for the children! Well done!”
YGAM looks forward to offering a similar day of bespoke training as delivered at Ballard School to other schools and to education centres across the United Kingdom on 17 November.
Click here for more information on the free training, and to book your place.