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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 June 2020

Written on: 11-6-2020

More than ever we all need to support, cherish and strengthen our health and wellbeing. Our schools are doing a brilliant job in ensuring that learning about health and wellbeing continues for children and young people attending school or home learning.

The new issue of pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub - June 2020 [981kb] provides links to resources for now and for the next academic year. The focus on recovery includes mental health, emotional wellbeing, resilience and acknowledging the impact of COVID-19.

Don't forget to visit West Berkshire Education portal for resources and guidance on the new Relationships, RSE and Health education in readiness for September.

Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update March 2020

Written on: 3-3-2020

In the March issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub - March 2020 [1Mb] we celebrate the first four schools to achieve the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award.

Many congratulations to:

  • Yattendon CE Primary School
  • Purley CE Primary School
  • Brookfields Special School
  • St Andrew's, Pangbourne

A quote from a pupil at Yattendon CE Primary School perfectly expresses why the focus on health and wellbeing is vital.

"My mental health is the way I live my life and the changes I make to help my wellbeing... our lives are so busy and sometimes we forget about our mental health and wellbeing. It is too important to forget"

Award Yattendon
Award Yattendon

Through the Health and Wellbeing in Schools programme we are delighted to offer a network event for Primary colleagues who lead on relationships and health education and the wider PSHE programme.

The event on 2 April 2020 at Shaw House, includes a LGBTQ Awareness workshop from Support U, our local LGBTQ charity. Find out more in the pdf icon latest issue [1Mb].

This month schools are encouraged to participate and raise awareness of:

World Sleep Day on 13 March 2020

This year it will incorporate the slogan, 'Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet,' highlighting sleep's important place as a pillar of health.

CSE Awareness Day on 18 March 2020
CSE Awareness Day 2018
CSE Awareness Day 2018

Health and Wellbeing in Schools update - January 2020

Written on: 2-1-2020

Live Well, Learn Well

In the new issue of thepdf icon Issue 20 Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub [1Mb]  we celebrate the current Peer Mentors in our secondary schools. Peer Mentors from six secondary schools came together at the annual conference in November.

Have a look at the video from the West Berkshire Peer Mentoring Conference 2019: 

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Five Ways to Wellbeing - 1
Five Ways to Wellbeing - 1
The Five Ways to Wellbeing Framework was developed by the New Economics Foundation as a set of five evidence based actions that promote wellbeing. Based on the latest scientific evidence the simple actions, if taken regularly, can improve wellbeing and enhance quality of life.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  • Connect - connecting with others
  • Give - helping others
  • Be active - doing something active
  • Take Notice - taking notice of yourself and the world around you
  • Keep Learning - learning new things

Find out more about Five Ways to Wellbeing on our website.

Have a look at the Five Ways to Wellbeing workshop developed for schools for Years 5, 6 and 7 children. 

Action for Happiness

Looking for a great way to start 2020? Try the Happy New Year calendar from Action for Happiness, which has daily actions to spread happiness throughout January. A new calendar is published for every month.

Children's Mental Health Week 3rd - 9th February  2020
Children's Mental Health Week 3rd - 9th February 2020

Next month it is Children's Mental Health Week - 3 to 9 February 2020.

Set up by children's mental health charity Place2Be, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health.

This year's theme is Find your Brave.

Visit the Children's Mental Health Week website for more information.

Also in January's Hub find out about walking and cycling to school, resources for schools to deliver relationships, relationships and sex education and health education and the calendar of events for January to March 2020.

Heath and Wellbeing in Schools update - November 2019

Written on: 4-11-2019

Live Well, Learn Well

The clocks have moved, the days are getting shorter and this is the time of year our sense of Wellbeing may be under more pressure.

Knowing this provides an opportunity to shine a light on our Wellbeing and take time to reflect on:

  • how is my sleep?
  • do the dark nights and morning's impact on my levels of physical activity?
  • is there a desire to eat more comfort food?
  • how much time is spent with family and friends?
PHE Every Mind Matters
PHE Every Mind Matters

Public Health England have launched Every Mind Matters self-care tool. Find out more in the new issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub - November 2019 [3Mb].

Rise Above resources
Rise Above resources
New resources to encourage students to explore the benefits of sleep on the brain and the body from Rise Above and are also featured in the pdf icon newsletter [3Mb].

Also in this issue of the pdf icon newsletter [3Mb]:

  • new Young Health Champions at The Willink School

  • 74% of schools took part in the recent West Berkshire PSHE survey

  • 60 schools are taking part in the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award

  • dates for Health and Wellbeing in Award, 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Healthy lifestyles workshops for school based staff

  • jam packed calendar of events

Understanding Relationships and Health Education in primary schools and Relationships, Sex and Health Education in secondary schools: a guide for parents

Written on: 7-10-2019

From September 2020, all primary age children will learn relationships education and health education, and all secondary age children will learn relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education.

The Department for Education has produced helpful primary school and secondary school guides for parents.

In addition you may wish to read the helpful Relationships Education FAQ's for parents.

If you want to know more about what will be taught as part of the new subjects, the best thing to do is speak to your child's school.

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