Resources for schools

1. Directory of services

The directory of services outlines support available in the Tri-borough and are updated regularly.

2. Emotional health and wellbeing

Attending to a child’s emotional health and wellbeing is essential to their social development and educational achievements - this impacts their health and social outcomes in adult life.

Schools have a statutory duty to promote the health and wellbeing of their students and there are a variety of creative and inspiring programmes and resources to help school staff help pupils to build emotional resilience and literacy and develop high aspirations for themselves.

Resources and support

The Seal Community aims to promote, share and develop the excellent SEAL work that so many schools and settings have been engaged in over the past few years. Set up and supported by leading experts in the field, the SEAL Community is a not-for-profit organisation offering education professionals with an interest in SEAL the opportunity to join a network of like-minded individuals, schools and organisations.

As a member of the SEAL Community you can:

  • download all national SEAL materials for primary and secondary schools
  • keep up-to-date with new SEAL resources and web-based materials
  • access a regular newsletter for practitioners
  • find contacts and network with others through the community’s specialist groups
  • access and share free training courses, lesson plans, assemblies, useful mapping and assessment tools and resources.

Young Minds provides various information and resources on resilience that is relevant to schools. Developing and building resilience amongst pupils and staff can provide a solid foundation for improving the emotional wellbeing of whole school communities.

3. Healthy eating

Healthy eating is fundamental to good health and wellbeing. For growing children, eating and drinking a good variety of foods is essential for proper growth and development, but also for developing a love of good food and development of social skills.

Eating habits are developed during childhood and, therefore, if encouraged to enjoy healthy food and drinks and understand how to make healthy food and drink choices, it is likely positive behaviours and understanding will remain with children and young people throughout their and their future family’s lives.

However, for children to be able to make healthy food choices now and for the rest of their lives they need to have the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding of what foods and drinks they need.

    Resources and support

    The Nutrition and Physical Activity team at Mytime Active provide support and guidance to both primary and secondary schools working on their Bronze, Silver or Gold Healthy School Award. This will help schools to achieve a number of actions laid out by the School Food Plan. The support includes Cooking in the Curriculum and Nutrition in Education through teacher training as well as support with the development of a Whole School Food Policy, which will outline a schools commitment to healthy food and nutrition throughout the school day. Email Jillian Pitt for more information.

    The Children's Food Trust provides advice regarding the nutrient-based standards and food-based standards for schools, conducting school packed lunch audits, developing a packed lunch policy, consulting with parents and ideas for healthy packed lunches.

    The Food in Schools primary training website provides valuable guidance and resources for anyone working in or with a school on food related activities throughout the school day.

    Healthier Lunches for Children provides resources and games which can be used by teachers and pupils to audit lunchtime choices for both school meal and packed lunch.

    4. Personal social health and economic education

    Primary social health and economic education (PSHE) provides children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives.

    The future opportunities and challenges facing today’s learners will demand high academic standards but also resilience, good physical and mental health and an ability to adapt to a service-based economy that relies on enterprise, inter-personal and communication skills. High quality PSHE provision will provide young people with the necessary knowledge, attitudes, skills and understanding to successfully manage their personal development, future wellbeing and prosperity.

    Resources and support

    The local health education partnership can provide all schools within the three boroughs with free support to help review or plan their PSHE and wellbeing provision, both within and outside the curriculum, provide advice and signpost to resources for particular areas (eg sex and relationship education, drug education, safety) and provide training for staff. HEP have produced local guidance, template policies and resource listings for primary and secondary schools:

    For further information regarding resources, PSHE network meetings and support available contact Becky Casey:

    Email: becky.casey@healtheducationpartnership.com
    Mobile: 07734 445 826

    The PSHE Association is the subject association for all professionals working in PSHE education. It is a fee-paying membership organisation dedicated to supporting the teaching and learning of PSHE. Have a look at their website to access up to date information and guidance, resources and training opportunities.

    Department for Education and Association of Chief Police Officers drug advice for schools is the latest and most relevant national guidance for schools. It includes advice on protocol/practice for managing drug related incident, managing medicines and developing a policy.

    Re-Solv has a range of drug and substance misuse resources available on their website. These resources focus on preventing volatile substance abuse, but are also appropriate for initiating discussion on broader topics such as drugs, personal responsibility and risk-taking behaviour. Bestselling titles include the Toxix Agent pack for primary school, and Hazard Crew for secondary school.

    5. Physical activity

    Physical activity can give children and young people a range of unique benefits; it is also essential to growth and development in childhood.

    Increasing numbers of children are being identified with weight management issues and coordination difficulties.

    Often lack of opportunity to engage in physical activity and sedentary lifestyles contribute to poor motor skill development and later difficulties during school life. There is also evidence linking obesity in children to an increased risk of adult obesity and poor health.

      Resources and support

      The Nutrition and Physical Activity team at Mytime Active provide support and guidance to both primary and secondary schools working on their Bronze, Silver or Gold Healthy School Award. This includes support with the curriculum and with the development of a Whole School Physical Activity Policy, which will outline a schools commitment to engagement with physical activity physical throughout the school day. Email sabrina.annon@mytimeactive.co.uk for more information.


      Last updated: 4 August 2017
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