This site provides comprehensive information on all the services currently available to schools, academies and other organisations from West Berkshire Council.
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.
November 2017 Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub
After the welcome half term break we are truly immersed in Term 2 and the new issue of the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub provides information on new resources and opportunities for schools.
It was great to see and hear about all the activities in schools to mark World Mental Health Day in October. The Mental Health Leaders and Year 12 students at St Barts marked the day with their indoors and outdoors Positivitrees.
A wide range of Mental Health resources are available for Primary and Secondary schools including
Schools in Mind - You’re never too young to talk about mental health resources for primary schools #talkingmentalhealth
Rise Above - new resources from Public Health England for KS3 and 4 including
Bullying and cyberbullying
Online stress and FOMO
Body image in a digital world
Forming positive relationships
Contact Nikki Davies Health and Wellbeing in Schools Coordinator if you want to find out more. firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Health England Winter- readiness information
Winter-readiness information for South East England schools and nurseries
As winter approaches, it is important that schools are reminded and updated on
important health considerations for their pupils/students, parents/carers and staff.
Pupils and staff in schools are particularly susceptible to infections which increase over
the winter months, such as seasonal influenza (flu) and stomach infections (such as
norovirus). These can be very infectious and cause outbreaks in school settings due to
the close contact amongst pupils and staff. The spread of these illnesses can be limited
by improving infection control practices within the school.
Young children and those with chronic illnesses are also at risk of developing
complications from certain vaccine-preventable infections such as measles and flu. It is
important that they are immunised to prevent any complications and to reduce the
likelihood of outbreaks in a school setting. You may be aware that there has been an
increase in reported cases of measles this year. Measles can be prevented through
immunisation. Some useful information about measles is included in the resource pack
This briefing provides:
1. Key messages for head teachers on winter preparedness.
2. Two checklists on flu and norovirus readiness and when and how to report
3. Leaflets and further information on flu, norovirus, meningitis and measles.
Ofsted - DBS Check Information
The Government and Ofsted have updated information for childminders and childcare workers who must apply for a DBS check. The guidance relates to how to get a DBS check if you want to look after children for a living: who needs a check, what it costs and how long it takes. Please click on the link below to find further information:
Ofsted - Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks: childcare providers
This factsheet sets out Ofsted’s position on Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for childcare providers who register with Ofsted and those associated with them, such as people who live in a house where childcare takes place. Please click on the link below to find updated information:
To access the document directly click on the download.