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Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub Issue 18 January 2018
Health and Wellbeing in Schools – update January 2018
A new year and new opportunities to support children and young people to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing.
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 2ndMarch 2018
Changes to 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how to update the existing Sex and Relationship guidance which, was last updated in 2000, and is therefore now out of date.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 12th February 2018
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.
You can find the School Zone here or by searching: Change4Life/schools
Dates for your diary
Children’s Mental Health week 5th – 11th February. Lots of great resources for schools to support the theme #BeingOurselves.
Youth Mental Health First Aid course
26th and 27th 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 email@example.com or contact Health and Wellbeing in Schools Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools Transgender Guidance
New for schools
The purpose of this guidance is to deeper embed good practice in the field of Transgender work in schools and colleges and minimise distress and disruption to pupils, students and schools and colleges by:
Ensuring teachers and governors are dealing with Trans matters inclusively; benefiting from professional advice and guidance.
Promoting inclusion for all within education by improving services for Trans children and students.
Empowering supporters of Trans pupils and students by providing a practical guidance to their experiences.
Foundation Years Newsletter December 2017
Please click here to read the December Newsletter from Foundation Years. It contains information about:
Social Mobility Action Plan
SEED Report: Study of Quality of Early Years Provision in England
Consultation: Early Years Entitlement for 2 Year Olds Under Universal Credit
Consultation on the criteria for the level 2 early years assistant qualification
Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17 Published
PLUS Many more links and articles.
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Foundation Years Update Newsletter
Please find below a link to information from the Foundation Years Team about:
New example early years menus that have been published by PHE
Tax-Free Childcare to open to children under 6
DfE message on 30 Hours Childcare
Consultation: Early Years Pupil Premium and Free School Meals under Universal Credit
EYFSP Results 2016 To 2017
and a number of useful Updates from the Sector.
Please click here to read this newsletter.