The Sleep Factor lesson plans & PowerPoints

The Sleep Factor lesson plans & PowerPoints


Children and young people’s sleep is an increasingly important issue. Poor quality and insufficient sleep can be both the cause and effect of wider health problems. It was good to see recognition of this issue in the Government’s statutory health education guidance, which suggests that all pupils should understand ‘the importance of sufficient good quality sleep for good health and how a lack of sleep can affect weight, mood and ability to learn’.

We are therefore delighted to provide PSHE education lesson plans and guidance for members (download below) on developing and promoting healthy sleep habits. The NEW key stage 1 lesson explores why sleep is so important in children’s lives, and how it can sometimes be difficult to fall or stay asleep (and some of the reasons for this). The key stage 2 lesson builds on this learning, and introduces changes to sleep that occur during puberty. At key stage 3 and 4 the lessons explore healthy sleep routines and the impact of quality sleep on performance and wellbeing. These lessons help students:

  • recognise what good quality sleep is and why it is important
  • identify habits and routines that promote good quality sleep
  • understand how sleep patterns change during adolescence

We are grateful to the Department of Children’s Sleep Medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital for their advice and support in creating these resources.

We're now offering a printed version of this resource — order your copy here.


We've also launched new PowerPoint versions of the materials for members (download below). The materials include both teacher-focussed and pupil-facing slides, and will support your students to recognise what good quality sleep is and why it is important; identify habits and routines that promote good quality sleep; and understand how sleep patterns change during adolescence.

PSHE Talks: Episode 2 - Waking up to the importance of sleep...

This episode of PSHE Talks — Waking up the importance of sleep — features conversation between sleep experts at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and one of our PSHE subject specialists Jenny. They discuss strategies and tips for healthy sleep and our collaboration on the Sleep Factor materials.

PSHE Association Subject Specialist Jenny Fox says:
“These lessons equip children and young people with the knowledge, skills and strategies they need to take increasing responsibility for the quality of their sleep. Pupils are encouraged to explore the myths related to getting good sleep, offer advice to others about improving evening routines and understand the many benefits of improving the quality of their sleep. The lessons are designed to be taught as part of a spiral PSHE curriculum which promotes health and wellbeing.”
Dr Charlie Tyack, Department of Children’s Sleep Medicine, Evelina London Children’s Hospital:
“Good quality sleep is a key foundation for emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as educational performance. Everyone's sleep requirements differ, so a one-size-fits-all approach to sleep tends not to work for everyone. These PSHE lessons reinforce the importance of sleep and help young people to think realistically about how to give themselves the best chances of getting the sleep they need to reach their full potential. We also hope the activities are fun, and that people learn new things about sleep in the process!"




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Lesson plans


Healthy Lifestyles


Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

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