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 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

Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update November 2016

Written on: 9-11-2016

Issue 11 of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Newsletter [5Mb] is now available.

West Berkshire Peer Mentors Conference 2016

Peer Mentor Conference 2016
Peer Mentor Conference 2016
I had the pleasure of working with 50 students from five schools - Trinity School, Denefield School, Little Heath School, The Willink School and The Downs School, exploring and learning about Five Ways To Wellbeing.

Dementia Friendly Survey

Our schools are being invited to take part in the Dementia Friendly schools survey.

Anti-bullying week - 14th to 19th November

Anti Bullying Week 14th - 18th November 2016
Anti Bullying Week 14th - 18th November 2016
You can find out more information about anti-bullying week online.

 School Packs - Information and Resources

Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update September 2016

Supporting children and young people to make informed choices

Written on: 13-9-2016

Issue 10 of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Newsletter [3Mb] is packed with information on what's happening locally and nationally, including:

Youth Health Champions
Youth Health Champions

Additional information

This week CEOP will be tweeting advice on keeping safe - CEOP twitter which would be useful for sharing with parents.

 NSPCC support for schools and parents includes ShareAware.

Our resources and support include:

For schools

For parents

  • O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline - providing personalised support for parents on privacy settings, new sites and apps and general advice - call on 0808 8005002, also available through live chat
  • NSPCC - Net-Aware - our popular guide to the 50 sites, apps and games used by young people - Net Aware has been awarded the Best Product for Parents at the recent Digital Safety Awards and it's available as an app or parents can sign up for the newsletter for regular updates
  • Guru Appointment - whether an O2 customer or not, you can book an in-store appointment with an O2 Guru to get advice and support on making family devices safe for children
  • Advice and Guidance - our website has a wide range of information on anything from sexting and cyber bullying to porn and parental controls

Bounce Back 4 Kids

Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) is a support programme developed by PACT that uses therapeutic techniques to support children who have been victims or witnesses of domestic abuse. The programme works with the children and their parents or carers to come to terms with experiencing family breakdowns. A new course will be starting in November and schools can refer children to PACT - please see Bounce Back 4 Kids for more details.


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