GambleAware has created a suite of primary lesson plans and other resources to help teachers explore the harm gambling can cause.
- Are created by a leading charity in the field of gambling-related issues.
- Are produced in partnership with the PSHE Association.
- Provide an early, age-appropriate introduction to the potential consequences of gambling.
- Include resources for parents and carers as well as teachers.
Understanding disordered gambling
GambleAware is the leading commissioner of prevention and treatment services for gambling harm in Great Britain. And its work is becoming more important than ever.
GambleAware commissions the National Gambling Treatment service which each year provides free, confidential treatment to roughly 10,000 people, with over 41,000 calls being made to the National Gambling Helpline.
The risks of gambling in gaming
Some features of gaming, such as loot boxes, have been found to be ‘psychologically akin to gambling’. Loot boxes are used by 40% of children who play video games and are leading to the normalisation of gambling-like activities.
Recent research found that 1.7% of 11-16 year-olds are already ‘problem gamblers’.
That is why it is so important to address this issue, and the risk of addiction, early.
It has been a statutory requirement since 2020 for secondary schools to teach pupils about the risks of online gambling. These resources from GambleAware help primary teachers to introduce the topic to KS2 pupils.
At the heart of this initiative is a couple of free lesson plans, complete with slides. The first, Exploring Risk, probes pupils’ understanding and assessment of risk factors in a variety of situations.
Aimed at Year 6 children, the second lesson, Chancing It, narrows the focus to the risks of gambling issues and related behaviours.
Both these thorough and well-constructed resources stimulate discussion and offer non-judgemental advice. There’s a firm emphasis on prevention and the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing.
The package also includes a detailed and absorbing teacher handbook called How to address gambling through PSHE education.
It also provides resources specifically targeted at parents and carers. This enables families to support children at home. And because they’re free, you have nothing to lose. Everyone’s a winner.
The resources are:
- Free to use
- Evidence based
- Positive and non-judgemental
- Thorough and well-produced
- For school and home
Give them a go if you want to start building an awareness of gambling harm through quality, evidence-based educational resources for primary pupils.