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The aim of the School Improvement Service is to provide schools with a high quality service to support their continued improvement
The aim of the West Berkshire School Improvement Team SLA is to provide schools with a high quality service to support their continued improvement.
We continue to offer a range of opportunities that support the School Improvement Strategy with flexible elements to help schools meet existing and future challenges. This is achieved through a balance of statutory services provided free of
charge and packages of additional services brokered through the School Improvement Service Level Agreement
Co-ordinator. The service operates on a “not for profit” basis.
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Children's Mental Health Week 5th - 9th February
02 Feb
Children’s Mental Health week 2018 #BeingOurselves 5th – 11th February https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/schools-and-youth-groups/ Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support. That’s why this Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018) we’re highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Place2Be is inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others. When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others. At the same time, celebrating the unique strengths of the people around us can enable us to come together in our schools, workplaces and communities. Whether you’re a parent, someone who works with children, or even just someone who is passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health – you can support the campaign by getting involved and spreading the word. Let’s celebrate ‘Being Ourselves’ together. Resources are available for primary and secondary schools.
Child Sexual Exploitation - Resources for schools
30 Jan
West Berkshire Council and LSCB have produced a range of resources to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation and how young people can keep themselves and their friends safe. These resources have been designed and developed by young people in West Berkshire. Schools can download the PDF files for display in school. To support schools a guide for displaying Health and Wellbeing resources has been produced.
Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub Issue 18 January 2018
15 Jan
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.’ Schools 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 training@westberks.gov.uk or contact Health and Wellbeing in Schools Coordinator nikki.davies@westberks.gov.uk