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The draft guidance, which is awaiting final parliamentary sign-off, will be compulsory from September 2020.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

Health and Wellbeing in Schools update - January 2019

Written on: 18-1-2019

Happy New Year

The new issue of the pdf icon Health and wellbeing in schools Hub - January 2019 [1Mb] is now available and has been emailed far and wide. If you would like to receive the Hub direct please email publichealthandwellbeing@westberks.gov.uk

Daily Mile in West BerkshireDaily Mile
Daily Mile

Thank you to all the schools that participated in the Daily Mile survey last October. It was fantastic to read the positive impact of the Daily Mile and how many schools are interested in starting in 2019. The report has also been shared with The Daily Mile Foundation, who were keen to read the survey results. Click here to find out how your school can get involved.


Make a sugar swap

There is a new Change4Life campaign for families focusing on the amount of sugar children and young people consume. The message for us all is "Make a swap when you shop" The Change4Life website has loads of helpful information and ideas, here is a small example -

Get help with swaps and tips

Change4Life is here to help your family cut back on sugar, with lots of great tips and ideas, so you can make some simple swaps:

If you work with primary age children whether in school, voluntary organisations, clubs and societies you may be interested in the West Berkshire wellbeing workshop

Understanding the core elements of healthy lifestyles for children - workshop for professionals working with primary age children

26th February, 5th March and 13th March at Shaw House

The 2 hour workshop identifies the core elements of healthy lifestyles for children, the tools and resources available and the key messages to support the delivery of healthy lifestyles for primary age children. To find out more email the team wellbeing@westberks.gov.uk

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 Happiness - September
Action for Happiness - September

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


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