Chameleon PDE Frequently Asked Questions

Resources

Q: Do I need to use the resources in the order they are presented on the list?

A: No, you can use the resources in any order. We've grouped key themes together for ease of navigation, but how you use the resource is entirely up to you.

Q: Does the programme only cover statutory parts of PSHE?

A: No, the statutory guidance that English state schools are required to have fully implemented by summer term 2021 focus on a knowledge-based approach to some key areas; relationships education, sex education and health education. This is all covered thoroughly within Chameleon PDE's resources, in addition there are many opportunities to develop skills, explore values and also investigate some of the wider issues associated with personal development, for example, goal setting, career options, environmental issues, growth mindset, managing money, strategies to support mental health to name but a few.

Q: Am I able to adapt the resources to the needs of my students?

A: One of the key aims of Chameleon PDE is to provide you with a flexible resource. All PowerPoint slides are fully editable and the lesson plan has space for your own notes. Throughout lesson plans we suggest adaptations and modifications you may wish to consider to make the materials as relevant as possible to your students.

Q: Do your resources meet the new statutory guidelines for English state schools?

A: Yes, you will see that every lesson is cross-referenced to the curricula of the 4 UK nations. This includes Relationships, Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE). If you use our resources to deliver lessons you will cover the statutory guidelines.

Q: Have you included assessment or progression as part of the materials?

A: Yes, we have provided opportunities in every lesson for reflection and assessment tasks, There is a "student profile" template and other optional assessment proformas that can be used for students to record their learning and reflections as they progress through the programme. This will provide a good evidence base of what has been covered in the class, but more importantly allow students to see the areas where they are gaining a good level of knowledge and skills development and the areas where they might need a bit more focus and practice. Read our assessment article on the About PSHE page of our website. We are always happy to support our partner schools to build an assessment system that works for them.

Q: Have lessons and activities been differentiated?

A: Each lesson is split into a number of different activities ranging in time from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. In total there's around 120 minutes of activities for you to choose from in each pack. Some of the activities are more or less complex allowing for differentiation. In every lesson there is a "challenge" activity for more able students that is more abstract in design. We strongly believe that only teachers who know their students well can effectively differentiate the materials, however, we've aimed to provide you with enough choice and flexibility to support you with this.

Q: Are the materials mainly aimed at English schools?

A: No. The programme is written in English and aligned to the guidance set by the 4 UK nations and focuses strongly on personal development. We did not write the programme to any one curricula and instead aimed to produce a comprehensive personal development resources that incorporated the requirements of all four home nations. International schools that broadly follow a UK curriculum would equally find the resources suitable. The flexible nature of the materials allows schools to choose lessons that are most relevant to their unique settings.

Q: Do you have anything we can use to consult with students?

A: Yes, our online, anonymous 'How Are You?' survey is an effective tool you can use to collect students attitudes, perceptions, views and behaviour. The survey provides in-depth insight across the whole school and is quick and easy to deploy. We send you a report with collected data.

Q: Do I need to be a premier subscriber to access the 'How are you?' survey?

A: Our premier subscribers have the survey included with their license. If you have not purchased a license you can buy the survey separately. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Q: What happens if the statutory expectations of the curriculum change?

A: We know that the UK curricula rarely remain static for very long and new expectations around personal development education are often brought in, frequently in response to national agendas. This is why Chameleon PDE offers a subscription model that ensures we can remain current and up-to-date with any statutory changes. The annual licence fee pays for our time to review, research and update resources meaning your students always receive the most up-to-date information.

Q: Do you have resources available for primary schools or SEND settings?

A: We are currently developing resources specifically for SEND and primary settings. Sign up with a free no obligation account on the homepage of our website and you will receive our e-newsletter which will keep you updated about these developments.

Q: We have our own resources and some regular visitors who deliver aspects of health and wellbeing, can we still use them if we buy your resource?

A: Yes, of course. The flexible nature of our resources means you can easily mix and match materials with your own resources. External visitors can also be a welcome and interesting addition to your programme. We want teachers and schools to confidently build the programme that is of the most benefit to students. By providing a solid, up-to-date and constantly evolving structure you will have an effective, strong foundation from which to build a bespoke programme for your school.

Q: How do I navigate the resources?

A: Download the guidance document 'Making the most of your Chameleon PDE subscription' from the resources list. This guide shows you several ways you can navigate the library, as well as having other relevant information about the materials.

Q: What is the purpose of your advisory board?

A: We have always consulted with schools and students when creating our resources to ensure relevance. We have formalised this through our teacher and student advisory boards that meet twice a year. If a member of staff or your students are interested in being part of these groups please contact us. Students have a one year tenure. Please see the team page on the website for current membership.

Q: Can I add our own questions to the 'How Are You?' survey?

A: In order to provide comparative data the questionnaires for each year group contain standardised question sets so it's not possible to add or remove questions. We can provide a unique questionnaire for your school but this would have to be costed outside of the subscription.

Q: My school delivers PSHE through tutor time and "off timetable" days, will the materials enable me to meet statutory requirements within this system?

A: This type of delivery model can be more challenging, however, the flexibility that is an integral part of Chameleon PDE's resources means that you can plan your programme no matter whatever timetabling constraints you are under. It may mean that you have to be quite selective about what is covered to ensure statutory requirements are met and build evidence of learning. It is much easier for teachers and beneficial for students to have regular, timetabled lessons, but we do appreciate that this can be challenging for some schools.

Q: Why do you offer a library and not a fixed programme?

A: Students' needs in PSHE change constantly. The PSHE Subject Association (and school inspection processes) suggest that schools should be reviewing PSHE regularly. Static 'off-the-shelf' programmes are more challenging to adapt to the changing needs of pupils. We do offer sample programmes and progression for schools as a starting point, but also encourage them to use pupil data from the 'How Are You?' survey included with the subscription, to increasingly 'bespoke' their programme and closely match it to their students and setting.

Q: How is survey data returned to schools??

A: You will receive a pack that includes your collated data in an easy to interpret report.

Q: Are your resources aligned to the PSHE Association?

A: Yes. The Association's framework was one of the starting points for developing the resource libraries. Every library pack is cross referenced to the PSHE Association framework and we have a mapping document showing lesson by lesson coverage.

Training

Q: Is there anything included to support planning?

A: There are a range of supporting documents that will help you plan, monitor and evidence the programme you are delivering. We also have online training available that supports subject leads and classroom teachers with the planning, delivery and rationale behind effective personal development/PSHE/health and wellbeing lessons.

Q: I'm a new teacher and haven't delivered this type of content before, is there anything to help me?

A: The lesson plans that accompany each lesson will suggest ways to manage/deliver each activity. We also have online training available to build confidence and increase knowledge of teachers. The subject, by nature, is fast-changing so everyone is always learning new things (including us at Chameleon PDE!). We will do our best to keep teachers supported through regular lesson updates, information on our blog and included training so you can be confident that you are as up-to-date as you can be when it comes to personal development/PSHE/health and wellbeing lessons.

Q: Is there any training available around the 'How Are You?' survey?

A: Have a look at the downloadable brochure on our website. Deploying the survey is very easy. If you want support with interpreting the data we can provide a short consultation. Get in touch to discuss your requirements and we will be pleased to help.

Q: I'm a subject lead, does the training cover all the staff CPD we need?

A: Yes, we offer a range of online CPD as part of your library subscription. Look at the 'Events' section on our website's top menu to see what's available. There is no limit placed on the number of staff who can attend. You can also book us to do bespoke training for your setting at an additional cost.

Q: How will I know if we are fully prepared for an inspection in this curriculum area?

A: If you are effectively delivering a programme and taking a "whole-school" approach it is likely that you will be meeting inspection expectations. Your subject lead should be fully aware of inspection requirements and share this with the team delivering the programme. We have a range of audit and mapping documents within the library that can be used to 'map and gap' coverage. Our subject lead training delves into inspection in much more detail. This is run at least once per academic year and is included as part of your subscription.

Q: Does my school need to be using your teaching resources in order for me to access the training?

A: No, our online training tends to be free for anyone and would support any PSHE/Health and Wellbeing delivery, irrespective of the resources you are using in school.

Q: Do I get any evidence to show that I have completed training?

A: Some of our online training is accredited by the National CPD Certification Service and attendees will be given a certificate.

Q: Does your training provide me with any resources I can use in school?

A: Yes, where we can we always give access to the slides we've used so the training can be cascaded in school.

Q: Is the training only available for secondary schools?

A: We do training for primary and secondary schools.

Q: Is there training available for SEND settings?

A: Chameleon are currently producing a SEND pupil progress and tracking tool and integral training for SEND staff will be a part of that when released. Please sign up to our e-newsletter (a free account) to receive notifications on the progress of our SEND resource.

Admin and Subscription

Q: What do I do if I have a problem with the resources?

A: You can contact us at: info@chameleonpde.com and we will endeavour to rectify any problem.

Q: How long does my subscription last?

A: Your subscription is live for 12 months from the date you subscribe. You will then have the option to re-subscribe for a further 12 months. (See terms and conditions for full details). We will notify you when your subscription is due for renewal.

Q: What do I do if I want to cancel my subscription?

A: Let us know and we will cancel it for you, however you will need to delete any resources you have downloaded from your school servers and staff laptops. As the materials are licensed you will not be permitted to use them once your subscription expires.

Q: If I move school can I take the subscription with me?

A: No, the licence is for the school and not an individual.

Q: I am part of a MAT so can we purchase one license and use it across our schools?

A: One subscription cannot be used across multiple schools, however, we can look at discounting if several school licenses are being purchased in one order. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Q: I work for a local authority and would be interested in supporting my schools with purchasing subscriptions, is this possible?

A: Yes, we already work with local authorities and are happy to support you with this. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Q: If I download the resources can I then use them for as long as I want to without re-subscribing?

A: No. When you agree to the Ts & Cs on purchasing you are buying a licence to use Chameleon PDE materials. If a school chose not to resubscribe then they would not be permitted to carry on using any of our materials, even if they have been downloaded. Schools will be expected to remove local copies of resources and find an alternative supplier.

Q: How do I pay for online resources and/or training?

A: Sign-up to the website is free and will give you immediate access to any free sample materials. If you wish to purchase a subscription you can subscribe by logging into your free account and upgrade from there. Please ensure any Purchase Order number has been agreed prior with your finance team if this is a requirement of your purchasing system. You will gain immediate access and an invoice will be sent to your school. If your school does not pay the invoice within 30 days your subscription will end with immediate effect. If you have downloaded any of the resources and training that are ‘paid for’ materials, your school will need to pay the annual subscription. (See our terms and conditions for full details).

Q: I've forgotten my password?

A: There is a password reset option on the login page. Remember to look in junk / spam email for any confirmation emails.

Q: How do I add users to my account so other staff can access the resources or training?

A: For premium resources and training, you can set up 'subordinate users' by logging in to your dashboard and creating accounts for them from there. Staff will receive an email automatically generated when you set them up as a user and they will need to confirm their account from this email. Remind them to look in spam/junk in case the email gets filtered.

Q: How much do the teaching resources cost?

A: The price for an annual licence to secondary PSHE and Citiizenship resource libraries range from £150 plus VAT to £985 plus VAT depending on the year groups purchased. Details can be found on the resources pages of this website. We are developing an equivalent primary library and have an early adopter price of just £99 plus VAT.

Q: What's the benefit of resubscribing?

A: Firstly, you are purchasing an annual licence, so in order to continue using the materials you will need to resubscribe. However, the cost of resubscription is discounted significantly. PSHE content changes rapidly so by resubscribing we guarantee you will have the most up-to-date resources available. We put the work into updating so that you don't have to. Schoools can also run the 'How Are You?' survey annually which allows them to track implementation and impact of their programmes. We will also add new resources and services over time so partner schools will also gain access to these.

Q: I'm having problems getting my account confirmed?

A: Unfortunately due to the nature of Chameleon PDE our website, training and materials refer to words that are often filtered by school IT systems (e.g. sex, drugs). If you have not received a confirmation email it's likely that it will be in your junk or spam email folder. If it's not in there, then the school has filtered it and has not been passed on to your school email account. In which case see your IT technician and explain they will need to 'white label' or approve emails from us. You can ask for a new confirmation email and password reset on the login page. If everything we suggest hasn't worked please contact us at info@chameleonpde.com

Q: Is it true you discount resubscriptions?

A: Yes. Schools pay a higher upfront cost in Year 1. From Year 2 onwards we offer a loyalty discount of 50-75% depending on the licence you have purchased. This resubscription fee pays for our time to keep the library updated, and to run the 'How Are You?' pupil survey service. We also add additional packs so the library is a constanly evolving resource.

Q: Will your prices increase?

A: We aim to keep our pricing as low as possible for schools. Any price increases will be in line with inflation and we will notify subscribers of this in advance.