Health Related News
Fully funded “Talk about alcohol” teacher training and resources for Hertfordshire secondary schools on 13th November 2018
The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) have secured Hertfordshire Community Foundation funding to offer their full Talk about Alcohol resource packs and training free of charge to schools across Hertfordshire. In partnership with Herts for Learning, they will be offering “Talk about Alcohol” teacher training on 13th November from 3.30-5.30pm at Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, Woods Avenue, Hatfield AL10 8NL. For further details and to book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Herts for Learning Wellbeing Services – Summer/Autumn Term Training Programme 2018
NEW : Herts for Learning Wellbeing Quality Mark - A programme for whole school wellbeing development
Over the last two years Herts For Learning(HfL) advisers have revised and expanded the Healthy Schools Programme to add rigour and reflect new priorities. We have now integrated this revised programme into a new HfL Wellbeing Quality Mark which is now available for schools to sign up to. This award framework is in line with Ofsted expectations and best practice. Participating schools complete a detailed audit which helps to provide evidence across a wide range of wellbeing indicators and also select a single area for focused development for the year.
Specialist areas to choose from year are:
- PSHCE and RSE curriculum
- Physical wellbeing and healthy eating
- Emotional and mental health and wellbeing
- Online safety and digital wellbeing
In 2019 an additional section on staff wellbeing will be added.
For further details please contact email@example.com or telephone 01438 844819
Health Related Behaviour Survey 2018
We know Hertfordshire’s schools are strongly committed to the health and wellbeing of their children and young people. We hope that we can secure your participation in this high profile survey. The survey is completed by pupils in Year 5, 6, 8 and 10. There is also a new survey for pupils in Years 12 & 13. The survey is administered by SHEU (School Health Education Unit). For information on the last survey in 2016 please see;
HRBQ Letter for primary schools
HRBQ Letter for secondary schools
HRBQ Sign Up Form
If you have any further questions about the survey please contact:
Shelley Taylor –Young People’s Public Health Officer
Change4Life Be Food Smart campaign
PHE’s new Change4Life Be Food Smart campaign places teachers in a central role to help parents and children make healthier food and drink choices at home.
To help embed healthy behaviours early in life, more than 16,500 Change4Life Be Food Smart packs will be distributed to primary schools this January as part of their School Fruit & Veg Scheme delivery, along with parent packs for each pupil to take home to their parents.
These free, curriculum-linked resource packs will help teachers deliver engaging healthy food lessons built around the English, Maths, Science and PSHE curricula, including assembly, classroom and whole-school teaching ideas.
Schools can also run their own Be Food Smart campaign. Teachers will receive a pupil campaign pack, giving young people the tools to boost understanding about how food choices impact our health and how we can all make healthier choices.
A new Be Food Smart app has also been developed to highlight just how much sugar, saturated fat and salt can be found in everyday food and drink.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist, Public Health England, said: “Children have far too much sugar, and a lot of it is before their first lesson of the day. It’s crucial for children to have a healthy breakfast, but we know the mornings in a busy household can be fraught.”
Luke Thomas, Year 4 class teacher at The Flying Bull Academy in Portsmouth, said: “The lesson plans are an excellent introduction to help unearth children's misconceptions about sugar.
“They offer teachers the opportunity to engage children in a range of activities that inform them about the issue of sugary food while giving them clear examples of how they can take action. They will be an essential addition to teachers' lessons dealing with issues such as taking responsibility and making informed choices.”
Tackling obesity is everyone’s responsibility, and schools have a vital role to play. PHE is currently working with retailers, food manufacturers and other organisations in the food industry to reduce the amount of sugar by 20% contained in products children consume.
Teachers can look out for the Be Food Smart packs which will be arriving in schools now. To find out more about the campaign and the resources available to schools, search for Change4Life/schools online or visit the website
Teenage Cancer Trust Education Programme: Provides free presentations aimed at year 10 and above.
The presentation topics covered include:
- What is cancer?
- Types of Cancer
- Early warning signs
- The impact of cancer on young people
- Healthy living
- What we do and how students might get involved
Our education programme has been mentioned as part of the 5-Year Cancer Strategy for England 2015-2020. We believe that by talking about cancer we can make a difference. In July we held a Parliamentary reception to launch our Education Report which evidences the significant impact of our Education Programme in findings by Stirling University. You can read the article here (and access the full report with the link at the bottom): http://bit.ly/2aqoYDu
Ideally a presentation lasts up to an hour and works either as a standalone presentation to the whole year group together, or can form part of a health day or assembly.
Teenage Cancer Trust have visited the following schools: Watford Girls, Parmiter’s Queens, Rudolf Steiner, West Herts College, Hemel Hempstead School, Haileybury College, St. Francis College and St Albans School, The Nobel School with several others booked in over the coming months.
‘Michael’s talk was really well delivered. He made a sensitive topic accessible in a refreshing way to our young people. It was informative and engaging. I hope that we can welcome Teenage Cancer Trust back to talk to more of our students soon!’
‘I thought the presentation was delivered in a sensitive yet light-hearted and personal way which meant that the students were able to identify with Michael and, rather than feeling scared or intimidated, were empowered to be able to talk about cancer and understand it better.’
‘I thought Michael was amazing the class really took on board what he was saying, I am delighted to be able to have Michael deliver these sessions in our school.’
To find out more or book a presentation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07734961781.
The Daily Mile’ is live in Hertfordshire – are you up for it?!
- Does concentration slip at times in your classroom, and you just want to hit a reset switch?
- Would you like your school to take part in a successful national wellbeing initiative?
- Do you like solutions developed by teachers for teachers, that are tried and tested?
You may have seen the Daily Mile on the news. Developed by a Scottish Head Teacher, Elaine Wyllie, the Daily Mile aims to improve the physical, mental, emotional and social health and wellbeing of children, regardless of age or circumstances. All children go outside in all weathers to walk/run for 15 minutes a day, at a time that best suits the needs of each class. It’s completely free: there’s no kit, and no time wasted. The children run in their school uniform to minimise disruption to the school day – they just put their pencils down and go! Five schools in Hertfordshire have worked with us to pilot The Daily Mile. They’ve seen the benefits and now we want to roll this out across the county. And we’ve found teachers benefit too!
Everything you need is available at:
simply register on the site and you can get started within a fortnight. We’d love to hear from schools that are ready to take part, so we can spread the word to others (please email Shelley.Taylor@hertfordshire.gov.uk). And if you need a little help getting started, we’d be happy to speak to your Headteacher/key contact, at your school or on the phone.
Link Between Pupil Health and Wellbeing and Attainment (November 2014)
This briefing provides a broad, succinct scope of the scientific evidence highlighting the link between health and wellbeing and educational attainment. It underlines the value for schools of promoting health and wellbeing as an integral part of a school effectiveness strategy, and highlights the important contribution of a whole-school approach.
The theme for this summer’s Change4Life (C4L) physical activity campaign is the “10 Minute Shake-up”, which aims to get children achieving the chief medical officer’s recommended one hour a day in practical 10 minute chunks. Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to help kids have fun and move more. Using their great stories and fantastic characters, children will be inspired to stay active over the summer break.
Families that sign-up will get a “10 Minute Shake-Up” pack with a stop watch and activity pack as well as lots of online Disney content. The sign-up leaflets are best used as a face-to-face conversation starter at events, leisure centres, summer camps, libraries, play days and any other opportunities to reach families with children aged 5-11.
A free school summer activity pack, issued through the School Fruit and Veg Scheme (SFVS) has been given to all infant schools across England. The pack, suitable for key stage 1 and 2 pupils contains a limited edition treasure hunt with eight 2D Disney characters and eight 10 minute activities. The pack will introduce the summer holiday campaign by providing leaflets and stickers for children to take home so that parents can sign up for the activity pack.
Local authorities are being asked to register their events on the Change4Life event finder and upload details of any events that are being co-branded with Change4Life so that everyone that signs-up to the campaign in your area can find out what’s happening locally.
Emotional Well Being
Just Talk Week 2019 will take place from Monday 4th to Friday 8th February 2019. Please save the date!
Just Talk is the Hertfordshire mental health campaign designed with boys in mind, but with content fully appropriate to use with all genders. Further details of the campaign can be found here:
Key messages are:
- talking shows strength, not weakness
- we all have mental health
- it's OK to not be OK
- seeking help early can really help.
We launched in January 2018, with 1 in 4 secondary schools getting involved. Feedback has been excellent and we're looking forward to building the campaign to also include year 5 and 6 students, and special schools.
Schools will receive information packs prior to the launch week. These will contain posters, lesson plans, and ideas for involving your students. You will also have access to a number of speakers during the campaign week who can be invited in to speak to your pupils and/or parents.
A number of schools are working with us to help us to plan the campaign week. If you would like to get involved in this planning process, or if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Whole School Approach to improving mental health and Self-review Tool
The School CAMHS Link Managers have developed a Whole School Approach to improving mental health. The model takes account of national guidance and links to local resources and approaches. Schools ask us, "Are we doing enough?" The Self Review Tool enables schools to explore their contribution to 11 domains, identify strengths and areas for development. An action plan template is included and schools may wish to use their review and action plan as part of their application to the soon to be launched Healthy Young Minds in Herts School Accreditation. There is also the option to apply for Suicide Aware Schools status.
More than 400 Hertfordshire schools have a nominated mental health lead. This was a key proposal in the Government's green paper on Children and Young Peoples' Mental Health so we will be contacting all schools in the near future to refresh our database.
The Whole School Approach overview and self-review tool are all available to download from the mental health leads toolkit available at:
Anyone from a Hertfordshire school can register to access the mental health leads toolkit here: (To access the resources you will need to be logged in.)
The mental health leads toolkit can be found here:
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free online mental health support for 10-to-25-year-olds
Children and young people in Hertfordshire can now get free online emotional and mental health support using a website called Kooth.com. If they are aged between 10 and 25 and registered with a Hertfordshire GP surgery, they can sign up, choose an avatar (an online character) to represent them anonymously and have an online chat with a counsellor or therapist. The counsellor or therapist can help with lots of different problems, including family problems, eating disorders, loneliness, bullying, anxiety and depression.
Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. Users can talk to other young people anonymously on the forums whenever they like, and keep an online journal.
Users can subscribe to Kooth.com to read its online magazine and can also use Kooth to set goals with their online counsellor or therapist and keep a record of how they are doing. Schools are being offered free training to encourage pupils to use Kooth.com.
Groups of young people in Hertfordshire have tested Kooth using trial accounts, and they felt that online counselling would be really useful for children and young people.
To sign up with Kooth go to www.kooth.com and enter a user name and password. None of the other young people who use Kooth will be able to see this so users can stay safe and anonymous. Visit Kooth.com for more information.
Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools
DfE have launched new guidance for schools on how to identify and support those pupils whose behaviour suggests they may have unmet mental health needs.
- how and when to refer to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- practical advice to support children with emotional and behavioural difficulties
- strengthening pupil resilience
- tools to identify pupils for likely to need extra support
- where/how to access community support
One in ten children and young people aged 5 to 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder and around one in seven has less severe problems. DfE have developed this advice and practical tools to help schools promote positive mental health in their pupils and identify and address those with less severe problems at an early stage and build their resilience. This advice will also help schools identify and support pupils with more severe needs and help them make appropriate referrals to specialist agencies such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) where necessary.
Download guidance from:
Healthy eating teaching resources
Change4Life’s healthy eating teaching resources
Developed by educational experts, these curriculum-linked resources encourage pupils to become Food Detectives and to learn about sugar and 5 a Day.
The Change4Life School Zone
The Change4Life School Zone is a website containing curriculum-linked resources and inspiration to help you teach children about healthy eating and being active.
Change4Life is Public Health England’s response to the relentless rise in obesity. Its consumer campaigns encourage families with children aged 5-11 to eat well, move more and live longer.
To access the School Zone visit:
School Food Standards
The DfE standards are mandatory in all maintained schools, and new academies and free schools. The national school food standards are in place to ensure that food provided to pupils is nutritious and of high quality; to promote good nutritional health in all pupils; protect those who are nutritionally vulnerable and promote good eating behaviour. Providing good quality school food improves children’s health, behaviour and performance.
A user-friendly summary of the standards and guidance to support standards implementation can be found at:
Included on the site is a check list for head teachers
Nutritional Fact Sheets
Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle is important from early years into adulthood. The whole school approach to healthy eating is important with the emphasis on healthy food provision and accessibility to fluids as water, fruit juices and milk drinks with less than 5% added sugar The fact sheets on saturated fat, sugar, salt and fluid can be used to encourage children in activities linked to healthy lifestyle. More...