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Wellbeing and Vulnerable Groups – Summer Term Training Programme 2018
Wellbeing and Vulnerable Groups – Summer Term Training Courses

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

In autumn 2019 additional sections covering anti-bullying and online safety will be added.

For further details please contact 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

Core RSE* & PSHE related training programme 2017-18
RSE* & PSHE Training programme Brochure

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
  • Treatments
  • 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):

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.

Some testimonials:

‘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 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 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.

Legal Highs Survey

Please can we encourage you to complete the Legal Highs (Novel Psychoactive Substances) survey on the link below so that Hertfordshire can plan support services as a result of the survey outcomes should they be needed. It only takes a few seconds and there is the opportunity to win a £50 Amazon voucher!:

SHEU Resources

Follow the link below to explore data on health and wellbeing research related to children and young people’s lifestyle choices. This provides data that you can share directly with your pupils or help to influence your priorities on the Healthy Schools Programme particularly in relation to choosing your priorities for HS Enhanced Status.

Topics include Food, Drugs, RSE, Exercise, Health, Education across the age groups : 5-11 : 11-16 : 16+

Numbers U Need - May 2015

The booklet called Numbers U Need has been updated and reprinted. It brings together all the information about local services that young people, especially vulnerable young people, might need.  Booklets can be obtained by contacting 0300 123 4043 or emailing

Additionally, the MOGOlistings website, has been enhanced to contain all the information in the booklet, including all the pharmacies offering free emergency hormonal contraception (EHC), and sexual health services to under 25s



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.


SHEU School and student health education unit

Please follow the link below to health and wellbeing research about 11-16year olds. Topics include Food, Drugs, RSE, Exercise, Health, Education.

Please follow the link below to health and wellbeing research about 5-11year olds.


Change4Life (C4L)change4life

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.


Want to learn more about Public Health?

Whether you are working, studying or just have an interest in public health there are lots of free knowledge resources that are available to you.

Much of it is online so you can access it form anywhere via a device with an internet connection.  Hertfordshire Libraries also have a collection of public health books.

Library resources, online resources and ebooks are all available.


Hertfordshire Libraries Health and Wellbeing Offer

Hertfordshire Libraries provide a network of local hubs with neutral, safe community space where people can meet others and stay connected physically and virtually.


Emotional Well Being

Green Paper on Children and Young People’s Mental Health

The government has published a green paper on children and young people's mental health. There are a number of proposals that relate to schools. Hertfordshire will be submitting a combined response across all partners. Please review the green paper here:

Please submit your feedback via email to be included in the cross agency Hertfordshire response by Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Spring Term Brochure - HfL Wellbeing team

The spring training brochure from the HfL Wellbeing team includes a free SRE Summit that will address key issues across all phases, on 10 March, as well as a range of opportunities to deliver high quality curriculum to support Prevent duties and to support PSHE. We have opportunities for training on anti-hbt (homophobia, biphobia and transphobia) for primary and secondary schools and separate dedicated sessions for our faith schools, with a Catholic schools training day on 2nd February and one for Church of England schools on 2nd March. If you are concerned to measure and increase physical activity levels across your school there is a course for you. Finally, If you are interested in staff wellbeing – have a look at our training for Improving Staff Emotional Health and Wellbeing in February, just before half term.

Full details in the flyer below:

Spring Term Training Brochure

Innovation Fund for projects to boost young people’s mental health

If you work with children and young people in Hertfordshire and have an idea for a project to boost their emotional health and wellbeing, bid for funding now.

Organisations and groups can apply for up to £10,000 from our Innovation Fund. Schools, youth and community groups, charities, NHS, local councils and housing associations can all apply.

A funding pot has been set aside as part of the transformation of mental health services for children and young people in Hertfordshire.

“We want young people, and groups working with them, to get creative,” said Dr Steve Kite, a Ware GP who leads on services for children and young people for East and North Hertfordshire CCG. “We’re looking to fund projects that support vulnerable young people, which tackle topics like bereavement, body image and self-esteem in a different way. This is a real opportunity to make a difference to the emotional health of young people in the county.”

Last year, the Government published Future in Mind, which outlined the need for fundamental change in mental health services for children and young people. Hertfordshire reviewed all child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and developed its CAMHS Transformation programme, led by the county’s two NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the county council.

As we improve services over the next five years our approach will:

  • emphasise prevention and early intervention – increasing capacity and resilience
  • deliver services offering swift access to evidence-based and flexible support
  • prioritise holistic interventions that are based on need not thresholds or diagnosis
  • empower children, young people, their families and professionals to make informed choices about services and treatment.

We are looking for projects that support this approach and address:

  • Developing resilience
  • Working with hard to reach / vulnerable groups
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Providing support for parents
  • Transition
  • Supporting loss / working with bereaved families
  • Working with autism / ADHD / ADD
  • Whole school emotional wellbeing
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Self-esteem / body image

Funding applications need to be submitted by Friday 28th October 2016. Young people will be on the panel which decides bids. For more information and to download the application form, visit

CAMHS Transformation Innovation Fund Application Form
CAMHS Transformation Innovation Fund Application Guidance

Myriad Project – Would you like to take part?

If you would like more information about the project, please see the study website:

In particular the ‘Information for Headteachers’, ‘Information for Teachers’ and ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ sections.

If you are not the Headteacher in your school and you are interested in this project, please could you pass this email onto them and/or discuss the project with them.

If you are interested in taking part please email back to this email address ( by the end of September and the project team will get back in touch with you to discuss this further.

Myriad Project

Girls Active: Funded opportunity to increase physical activity and emotional wellbeing of female pupils

One of the biggest barriers to achievement is pupils’ declining physical and emotional wellbeing

Can you think of any girls in your school who do not seem to be reaching their full potential?
Public Health, Herts Sports Partnership, and the CCGS have provided funding to Youth Sports Trust to offer an exciting opportunity for 10 secondary schools to pilot an approach to increase physical activity and emotional wellbeing in teenage girls. Please see the attachments for further information and details on how to submit your interest.

Emotional Wellbeing - Sharing Best Practice

Hertfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference for Secondary Schools: Prevention and Early Intervention Poster submissions are invited for the Mental Health and Wellbeing conference taking place on Friday October 7th 2016.

There is some excellent and innovative work going on across Hertfordshire schools to promote mental health. We are looking for schools to share information about their projects and activities that relate to promoting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of their pupils.

Posters will be displayed on screens in the exhibition area and main room of the conference venue (Robertson House). Delegates will be able to view the posters during lunch and breaks. The posters will also be shared online and via the Grid.

Posters should include the following information:

  • Title and authors
  • Name and location of school
  • Description of the project – e.g. who, what, why?
  • Lessons learned and next steps
  • Key outcomes – e.g. on mental health, wellbeing, attainment, behaviour, attendance, for example
  • Author’s contact details for further information The deadline for posters to be submitted is end of July 2016.

Posters should be prepared for display in A3 format – either portrait or landscape. You can be as creative as you like, or feel free to get in touch if you’d like some more guidance on the kind of content that would be useful.

Posters can be emailed to Jen Beer from the Public Health team to be printed for the event. Or if you would prefer, hard copies can be posted. Contact details:

Jen Beer Health Improvement Lead – Children and Young People Public Health team Hertfordshire County Council Farnham House Stevenage SG1 2FQ

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 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 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

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 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 for more information.


The CAMHS Review

The CAMHS Review has now reported and been endorsed by the Commissioners and the Health and Wellbeing Board. Over 500 young people, carers, teachers, head teachers, clinicians, parents, clinicians and other professionals gave their input to this review.

The document below is a very brief summary for GPs, Head Teachers and other stakeholders about the next steps with the CAMHS Review.


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. It includes:

  • 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:


Young Minds September 2012:  Guide for Headteachers on Emotional Well Being

The guide, ‘Resilience and Results: How to improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people in your school’, aims to:

  • Help head-teachers establish a whole school culture of positive emotional wellbeing.
  • Help headteachers to effectively approach, intervene and take steps to prevent behavioural and emotional difficulties arising in young people.
  • Offer guidance around how schools can access funding options including collaborating with other agencies.


Healthy Eating

The Children’s Food Trust

The Children’s Food Trust have updated us with some information about healthy eating. For further details please see:

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:

New School Food Standards

As part of the School Food Plan, a new set of standards for all food served in schools was launched by the Department for Education. The revised standards for school food came into force from 1 January 2015.  The 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


Children's Food Trust - Eat Better, Do Better Newsletter

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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...


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