West Berkshire Council

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Blog

News and updates from the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Coordinator

It's important that we promote the health and wellbeing of pupils and students, but there can be an overwhelming amount of information, which makes it difficult to find what is applicable to you.

You can find current advice and policies, ideas, best practice and information on activities and programmes for schools on this blog.

You can find more information on our Health and Wellbeing in Schools page.

School children eating

Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update September 2017

Written on: 13-9-2017

The new school year has started and the Health and Wellbeing in schools programme will be working with schools across West Berkshire to provide opportunities, resources, workshops and information to help children and young to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing.

In the new issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub issue 17 [1Mb], we welcome newly qualified Youth Health Champions at John O'Gaunt School and Little Heath School.

Plans are in place to recruit more Youth Heaalth Champions across West Berkshire.

We welcome the new cohort of Peer Mentors to the annual Peer Mentor Conference in November at the council offices. This year the peer mentors will be taking part in a community conversation to find out what young people think about living and being educated in West Berkshire.

Primary schools will be taking part in the National Child Measurement programme and to support schools, Change4Life have produced 'Our Healthy Year' teaching packs for children in reception and Year 6. Find out more in the  pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub issue 17 [1Mb]

During the year we will be delivering food workshops for Year 3 children in 30 schools, Phunky Foods food education programme in 15 primary schools and Let's Get Going clubs in three primary schools.

Message from Young Minds

On 10 October , thousands of children and young people will wear something yellow to help spread the word that, whatever you're going through, you can talk to someone if you're struggling to cope. 

Want to join in? This month, we'll be sending out packs of resources to help make #HelloYellow a success at your school, college or university - so sign up now to get your free resources.

Anti-bullying week is the 13 to 17 November.  Find out more in the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub issue 17 [1Mb]

Alcohol Awareness Week is the 13 to 18 November.

Anti Bullying Week 2017
Anti Bullying Week 2017

Health and Wellbeing in Schools - Update June 2017

Written on: 15-6-2017

Supporting children and young people to "Make Informed Choices"

As we are fast approaching the end of the academic year this blog focuses on how children and young people in West Berkshire are involved or participated in the Health and Wellbeing in Schools programme.

Youth Health Champions
Youth Health Champions

Youth Health Movement

In West Berkshire we now have 27 qualified Youth Health Champions. We welcome 13 recently qualified Champions  from John O'Gaunt School who join Champions at Trinity School and Little Heath School; all of these students have passed the Royal Society of Public Health Level 2 qualification and are now part of the Youth Health Movement.

They all committed to attending weekly after school sessions, completing portfolios during weekends and school holidays and are now delivering health awareness messages and campaigns to their peers.

The Champions have delivered Sugar Awareness workshops, Mental Health Workshops, How to deal with peer pressure workshops, carried out health surveys, presented at assemblies and at parent information evenings.

It has been a pleasure to work the Youth Health Champions and their commitment is inspiring.

Plans are now in place to recruit more Youth Health Champions from September and deliver a wide range of health awareness activities.


Mental Health Leaders

During Children's Mental Health Week and Mental Health Awareness Week, Mental Health Leaders in West Berkshire led activities, assemblies, created a film on mental health and planted a "Positivitree".

The 6th form students from Kennet School, St Bartholomew's and The Downs School took part in the Time To Change Mental Health Leaders programme and then created their campaign action plans.

The Leaders were passionate about telling their peers and school staff that:

  • We all have mental health
  • It's okay to not be okay
  • Don't be afraid to seek help and support
  • Let's be positive about mental health

The new issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub Issue 15 [3Mb] is now available. In this issue find out about a new primary project with SAFE! From September there will be workshops on healthy relationships and protective behaviours for children in Year 6.

Mental Health Leaders
Mental Health Leaders


Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update May 2017

Supporting children and young people to "Make Informed Choices"

Written on: 3-5-2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Hot on the heels of the Heads Together London Marathon is the national Mental Health Awareness Week, 8 to 14 May

This year, rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, the Mental Health Foundation will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

Because thriving is more than the absence of a mental health problem.

See more information on the Mental Health Foundation website and sign up to stay up to date with all our activity over the week

In the pdf icon latest newsletter [2Mb] find out how the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Programme, Emotional Health Academy, and Education Psychology team can help, support and develop mental health education in West Berkshire schools.

Little Blue Book of Sunshine


The Little Blue Book of Sunshine provides information, support and advice aimed at young people in Years 10 and above. The campaign may also appeal to younger pupils. The materials have been developed by local young people, clinicians and members of the wider children's workforce. The resources direct young people to local sources of support and approved online links rather than pupils undertaking a Google search for help.

Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update March 2017

Supporting Children and Young People to make informed choices

Written on: 28-2-2017

pdf icon Our Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub (Issue 13) [2Mb]  is out now, featuring programmes and resources developed locally in West Berkshire, along with new national resources and campaigns.

Read on for an overview about what else is included in this issue.

Mental Health and Wellbeing


Image of 6th Form Mental Health Leaders
Image of 6th Form Mental Health Leaders
Find out about the new Sixth Formpdf icon Mental Health leaders [2Mb] at three West Berkshire secondary schools and the plans they have to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination.


5 Ways to Wellbeing Logo
5 Ways to Wellbeing Logo
Want to know more about wellbeing? The newpdf icon 5 Ways to Wellbeing [2Mb] for children aged 9 to 12 are now available for schools. Let's help our children to understand about and how to support their wellbeing.

New resources for schools

Do SRE resources
Do SRE resources
  Sex and Relationship Education Do - SRE Resources for secondary schools for Secondary Schools


 Be Real Campaign resources for schools resources for schools, helping us all to put health above appearanceBe Real
Be Real


Disrespect Nobody
Disrespect Nobody

Disrespect Nobody teaching resources resources for 8 - 12 year old and 16-18 year olds to help prevent abusive behaviours within young people's relationships

Keep up to date on the plans for the national Stop CSE Awareness Day 2017 in March




Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update January 2017

Written on: 6-1-2017

Supporting children and young people to make informed choices

The new issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub Issue 12 January 2017 [2Mb] is packed with information on new resources for schools including 5 Ways to Wellbeing, Internet Safety and Healthy Eating.

What do young people think and know about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Sexting and Domestic Abuse?

We are asking all young people in West Berkshire to complete an online survey to gather their views, understanding and reality around CSE, sexting and domestic abuse. The survey is open until 10th February 2017 and the results will help to inform teaching, learning and how we raise awareness of CSE, Sexting and DA with young people.

Are you kind? Do you spread kindness?Children's Mental Health Week 2017
Children's Mental Health Week 2017

The aim of the Children's Mental Health Week, 6 - 12 February is to encourage everyone, adults and children alike, to spread a little kindness.

Small acts of kindness can make all the difference and make you feel good. Everyone's wellbeing is boosted!

Time to Talk Day 2nd February 2017Time to Talk Day 2017
Time to Talk Day 2017

They say it's good to talk. This year's Time to Talk Day, is encouraging the nation to talk about mental health.

Safer Internet Day 7th February 2017

On 7th February 2017 we're encouraging everyone to make the internet a better place and #giveasmile for Safer Internet Day!

To do this we are asking schools, organisations and individuals to 'Be the Change' and help make the internet smile by posting a smiley selfie or emoji!

How to get involved

Whether it's a positive message in our specially designed emoji, a post filled with smiling emojis, or something more creative, there are lots of ways you can get involved in the #giveasmile campaign. You can:

  • Fill our #giveasmile template with your own message and share it on social media: We've created our own emoji templates which can be filled with tips and advice for creating a better internet or with positive comments. Download our emoji template here in colour or Greyscale.
  • Post a selfie of you smiling, or smiling with someone else and send it someone to make them smile!
  • Get creative and make your own emoji out of anything you want, including objects and people!
  • Post a smiley emoji on social media to show your support for Safer Internet Day

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