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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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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.

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Update - September 2019

Live Well, Learn Well

Written on: 16-9-2019

Welcome to the first issue of this new academic year. The pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub Sept 19 [1Mb] is published every term and brings together local, regional and national updates, resources, services and programmes to support Health and Wellbeing in Schools.

We are now 12 months away from statutory Relationships, Relationships and Sex education and Health education in primary and secondary schools. Children and young people will have opportunities to build their knowledge, develop health literacy and skills to make informed choices. These new subjects build on the success of established PSHE programmes in schools.

Find out more about how the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Programme and how the team supports schools.


Health and Wellbeing in Schools Update - June 2019

Written on: 13-6-2019

Live Well, Learn Well 

We are delighted to announce that the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award will be part of the School Sport Partnership affiliation package from September 2019.

This partnership approach further secures the holistic embedding of Health and Wellbeing in schools. The Award recognises and celebrates the great strides our schools are making to support the Health and Wellbeing of all within the school community.

Find out more in the latest pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub - June 19 [1Mb]

The Health and Wellbeing in Schools team is looking forward to welcoming Support U, a LGBTQ resource who are delivering a LGBTQ+ awareness workshop for school based staff. The three hour workshop on 11 July will provide an understanding of the issues that affect pupils who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or identify as transgender.

Book your place online now.

Health and Wellbeing in Schools update - May 2019

Written on: 7-5-2019

Live Well, Learn Well

The new issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub - April 2019 [2Mb] is now available and features the Young Health Champions annual conference and information on the latest advice on screen time.

Young People's Attitudinal Survey 2019

The results are in of the bi-ennial survey which took place earlier this year. Thank you to the young people who took part and the schools who supported their participation. The results are being shared with schools, partner organisations and will inform how we best support Relationships education.

Young People's Survey 2019
Young People's Survey 2019
Yooung People's Survey 2019
Yooung People's Survey 2019
Young People's Survey 2019
Young People's Survey 2019

The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.

A set of really helpful FAQ's have been published  and can be read here Relationships and Sex Education

Get the facts on RSE
Get the facts on RSE

Health and Wellbeing in Schools update - March 2019

Written on: 4-3-2019

After many years of campaigning and lobbying for statutory relationships, relationships and sex education and health education, by educators, education organisations, health and public health practitioners,  The Department of Education has published the statutory guidance.

The draft guidance, which is awaiting final parliamentary sign-off, will be compulsory from September 2020.

So what now?

  • read the guidance

  • review what is being taught now

  • plan for updates, training, policy updates and resources ready for September 2020

  • celebrate that every child in England will learn how look after themselves physically and mentally and how to make positive relationships now and in the future.

Schools can contact the Health and Wellbeing in Schools team to discuss the new guidance, training opportunities and resources for 2020. Please email the team at  publichealthandwellbeing@westberks.gov.uk

West Berkshire Wellbeing  Workshops are available to develop knowledge and understanding to support delivery of the new Health, Relationships and Relationships and Sex education curriculum.

  • core elements of children's healthy lifestyles (primary)

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing

  • understanding substances misuse

  • Sleep Well, Live well

  • LGBTQ Awareness workshops in partnership with local LGBTQ charity SupportU

Support and guidance


In this issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools newsletter [1Mb] discover more about sleep, (now part of the health curriculum), local running events and how the Year 3 healthy lifestyles workshops are being delivered in West Berkshire.

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