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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.