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West Berkshire Council has a great deal of experience and expertise in providing support and services to schools. There are many benefits to buying services from the Local Authority:
• We are committed to supporting schools to make the best possible use of their resources in order to maximise the impact on raising educational standards for pupils.
• We have an experienced and highly trained workforce familiar with the work of schools and in the context in which they operate.
• We ensure our services are compliant with legal requirements and national standards
• We are committed to improving the lives of children.
Ofsted Video on Two year Olds in School
Ofsted have published a new Early years and childcare video:
Early Years – Two-year-olds in school on YouTube featuring Lee Owston, HMI, Specialist Adviser, Early Years.
Foundation years - Strategic School Improvement Fund
Please click here to find the most recent Foundation Years newsletter regarding the deadline to submit applications to the second round of the Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF). Applications relating to PVI settings as well as Reception classes are in scope and will be considered for funding.
World Mental Health Day 2017 - resources
Emotional Health Academy
The EHA has produced a poster, hard copies will be sent to schools by Friday 6th October. Digital copies will be emailed to school offices, Heads of PSHE and will be available to download, see attachment.
The EHA have developed a student feed back form asking what activities young people would participate in to support their mental health, again this will be emailed and is available now to download, see attachment.
Please return completed forms to
Barry Stormont Operations Manager | Emotional Health Academy West Berkshire Council, West Street House, West Street, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 1BZ
Members of the EHA team are available to support school World Mental Health day activities and please contact Barry Stormont Operations Manager | Emotional Health Academy
' 01635 503629 E-mail address: email@example.com to discuss.
Following the successful planting of a Positivitree at St Barts in May, World Mental Health day is a perfect opportunity to plant more Positivitrees in schools across West Berkshire.
How it works
Decide whether you want to purchase a new tree or get one donated from a local garden centre or use an existing tree in the school grounds. The tree should be accessible for all in the school community; this may be an opportunity to start developing an outside wellbeing space.
During tutor time and staff meetings ask everyone to write a positive message about Mental Health for example “ It’s okay not be okay” “We all have mental health so take care of it” “Don’t be afraid to ask for help” Collect the messages and either
· Shred the messages and mix into the compost when planting a new Positivitree
· Hang the messages on an existing tree in the school grounds
· Create a tree shape out of the messages and display in classrooms, student reception, staff room etc
Which ever option you use please take photos and if you would like local media coverage please contact West Berkshire Council Communications team firstname.lastname@example.org (01635) 519125
Resources including a World Mental Health Day assembly are available
The Worlds Biggest Mental Health Lesson 10th October - Madejski Stadium
Brighter Berkshire will be delivering the worlds biggest mental health lesson for schools on Tuesday 10th October. School can find out more and apply for tickets . If transport costs are an issue please contact Nikki Davies, Health and Wellbeing in School on 01635 503654 or 07500097115
Little Blue Book of Sunshine – the booklet is now available digitally and will be emailed to schools and is also available here, see attachment.
Don’t forget the PSHE Association Mental Health and Wellbeing resources
September 2017 Foundation Years Newsletter
To view the most recent September 2017 Foundation Years Newsletter please click here.