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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 children, young people and staff in schools, 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.

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Health and Wellbeing in Schools Update - September 2018

Written on: 12-9-2018

A new season, a new school year and a new Action for Happiness calendar.

If you aren't aware Action for Happiness has been producing thought provoking calendars. This month it is Self-Care September.

Action for Happines - September
Action for Happines - September

There is also the new issue of the pdf icon September 2018 Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub [1Mb].

In this issue there is an update on the Health and Wellbeing in Schools programme. The programme now includes active and sustainable travel to school. Find out more at Walking and Cycling to School.

We welcome a new member to Health and Wellbeing in Schools team, Paul Graham Children and Young People's Healthy Lifestyles Officer.

The Hub features what's new in West Berkshire, updates from Ofsted on childhood obesity, new Department of Education guidance on Relationships, Relationships and Sex Education and Health education.

Locally we look forward to and welcome

  • MHFA UK delivering government funded mental health awareness training for secondary school staff
  • Click, digital safety drama for year 5 and 6 primary school children
  • Secondary peer mentors at the annual West Berkshire Peer Mentor Conference
  • A new cohort of Young Health Champions at Kennet School.


Health and Wellbeing in schools - update June 2018

Written on: 13-6-2018

In the latest issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools newsletter [1Mb], the focus is on physical and psychological resilience.

Personal resilience is about self-awareness, coping strategies, getting the right support and being positive.


Digital resilience
Digital resilience
Check out ParentInfo website for resources and information for being digitally, physically and emotionally resilient and how to support the transition to secondary school.

Shelf Help 2018
Shelf Help 2018

Wishing you all a healthy and well summer and look out for the next update in September 2018.


Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update April 2018

Written on: 26-4-2018

pdf icon Issue 20 Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub [2Mb] is now available.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness week 14 to 20 May 2018 is stress.

Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week

Resources including posters are available from the Mental Health Foundation website.

 Education Support Partnership
Education Support Partnership
If you work in a school have a look at Education Support Partnership - the only UK charity dedicated to improving health and wellbeing of teachers and the entire education workforce.

Whatever you need, we're here for you 24/7 including over the Christmas break. Our trained counsellors will listen to you without judgement and will help you think through the problems you are facing to find a way forwards and feel better. No issue is too big or too small.

Phone: 08000 562 561
Text: 07909 341229

Our helpline is free and available to all teachers, lecturers and staff in education (primary, secondary, further or higher education) in England, Wales and Scotland. We're here for you 24/7, 365 days a year. Download a poster now for your staff room! 

Revision and Exam Stress

As exam season is almost upon us revision and exam stress resources are featured in the Hub including a new app from BBC Bitesize.BBC Bitesize
BBC Bitesize

There are also guides from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust website.

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

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