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 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 - November 2018

Written on: 31-10-2018

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award launched

The new award celebrates all that schools do to support and develop health and wellbeing for children, young people and school staff.

Available to all schools (maintained, academy, independent, special, primary and secondary), the award package includes the tools needed to plan, do and review. In addition participating schools will be able to attend the award workshop, access two hours of support, display the award certificate and participate in the annual award network event.

How do I get started?

Visit the West Berkshire School Services website and add the award package to the schools basket.

Primary schools are able to use the PE and Sport Premium Funding to purchase the award package. The award supports the five key indicators of the PE and Sport Premium Funding for primary schools.

Out of area schools and Independent schools

We would be delighted to work with out of area schools and Independent schools in the delivering the Award. To find out more please read the pdf icon award information leaflet [1Mb] and call the West Berkshire Wellbeing Team on 01635 503654 or email wellbeing@westberks.gov.uk

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award workshop dates

To support schools participating in the award, we will be offering several two hour workshops which will provide updates and information related to the award and health and wellbeing in schools. The workshops will be hosted at Shaw House, Newbury. 

Workshop dates:

  • 22 November
  • 29 January
  • 26 March

To book visit the West Berkshire School Services website


The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education Draft Guidance consultation ends on 7 November. There is still time to review guidance and provide feedback to the Department of Education directly via the online survey.

Daily Mile

Daily Mile
Daily Mile
The survey of West Berkshire Schools has been completed and has provided a snapshot of participation, impact and barriers.

To find out more about the Daily Mile and the resources available please visit the Daily Mile website.



In the new issue of the pdf icon Health and Wellbeing in Schools newsletter [3Mb] see:

  • West Berkshire Wellbeing courses

  • Resources for schools from Change4Life, Rise Above and Schools in Mind

  • A new resource for schools on Self-Harm from Charlie Waller Memorial trust

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.

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