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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 March 2018

Written on: 26-2-2018

CSE Awareness Day 2018

The latest pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub [3Mb] is now available featuring the brilliant West Berkshire Young Health Champions and Mental Health leaders.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

There are various ways you can show your support:

Write and share a pledge

Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for the Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay18 to help raise awareness of CSE.

Display the Campaign

...and help to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation by displaying banners and posters - designed to encourage participation in the National CSE Awareness Day - together we can raise awareness and deter child sexual exploitation.

Download posters and postcards created by young people in West Berkshire. All secondary schools will receive a starter pack of posters and postcards in February 2018.

Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update January 2018

Written on: 23-1-2018

A new year and new opportunities to support children and young people to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. Find out more pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub January 2018 [1Mb]

What Do You Think?

The Government has two consultations open to respond to;

Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a green paper

The government is asking people for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

This green paper on children and young people's mental health sets out this government's ambition to go even further in ensuring that those who need it are able to access the right help for their mental health, in the right place and at the right time. The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention particularly in or linked to schools and colleges.

Respond by noon 2 March 2018

Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE

The Department for Education is considering how to update the existing Sex and Relationship guidance which, was last updated in 2000, and is therefore now out of date. The updated guidance will support schools in delivering the new subjects of Relationships Education at primary and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at secondary, as well as, potentially, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

Respond by 12 February 2018

Change4Life Snacking
Change4Life Snacking
Change4Life Sugar
Change4Life Sugar
Be Sugar Aware

Children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar. Too much sugar is bad for their health.  Surprisingly, half the sugar they consume comes from snacks and sugary drinks.

As a way to help parents reduce children's sugar intake, Change4Life has launched a new campaign in January 2018 to help families choose healthier snacks. The campaign helps parents take action by introducing a new simple tip - 'Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max.'



From early January 2018, children in the majority of state funded primary schools will receive a leaflet to take home in their book bags.  

The leaflet will feature:

  • A fun activity challenge for children to take home and enjoy with their families
  • A call for parents to sign up to Change4Life to receive money off vouchers for healthier snacks, stickers for the kids and loads of helpful tips and ideas.

Free digital resources are available for teachers to download from the School Zone website to help pupils learn about healthy eating and snacking. These include a pupil council toolkit and fun game show style presentations for reception, KS1, lower and upper KS2.

Dates for your diary

Time To Talk Day 2018
Time To Talk Day 2018
Time To Change
Childrens Mental Health week
Childrens Mental Health week
Children's Mental Health week 5 to 11 February. Lots of great resources for schools to support the theme #BeingOurselves. Visit the Place2Be website - Children's Mental Health week

Youth Mental Health First Aid course

26 and 27 March at Shaw House, Newbury

Public Health continue to fund free places for schools to attend this two training focussing on the needs of young people. To book a place please email training@westberks.gov.uk or contact Health and Wellbeing in Schools Coordinator nikki.davies@westberks.gov.uk

Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update November 2017

Written on: 8-11-2017

After the welcome half term break we are truly immersed in Term 2 and the new issue of the pdf icon November 17 Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub [2Mb] provides information on new resources and opportunities for schools.

It was great to see and hear about all the activities in schools to mark World Mental Health Day in October. The Mental Health Leaders and Year 12 students at St Barts marked the day with their indoors and outdoors Positivitrees.

St Barts WMHD 17
St Barts WMHD 17
WMHD St Barts 17
WMHD St Barts 17

A wide range of Mental Health resources are available for Primary and Secondary schools including

Schools in Mind - You're never too young to talk about mental health resources for primary schools #talkingmentalhealth

Rise Above - new resources from Public Health England for KS3 and 4 including

Contact Nikki Davies Health and Wellbeing in Schools Coordinator if you want to find out more. Nikki.davies@westberks.gov

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


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