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Mental Health Awareness Week we have a new article on the COVID-19 hub that gives you tips on how to cope with anxiety about coming out of lockdown. We have also updated Every Mind Matters resources to help conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.

Newent Community School have made a video with pupils alongside people living with Dementia

Yoga resources for Primary and Secondary schools

Tic+ - you are not alone, we're here for you

Since it’s World Mental Health Day on 10th October, we’ve created a What to do about worry resource to help teachers support Year 6 pupils, which is available on our School Zone website. This NHS approved resource aims to help young people who may be feeling worried to understand how to manage these feelings.

In this toolkit, Anna Freud  have created and curated a set of resources focusing on inclusivity and celebrating our differences - all with a mental health focus.  

Managing transitions

Mentally Health Schools - Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Resources to help children cope with transitions and change

Tools for managing emotions - Mentally Healthy Schools

Changes and transitions can bring up complex emotions in children. These three simple tools can help children manage their feelings and learn coping strategies.

Kooth - New Mental Health Service for Young People

Following a challenging time, we’ve put together a series of resources focusing on community recovery and helping you to bring your school back together. Click Here

Lost For Words

ADVICE FOR CHILDREN ABOUT HOW TO COPE WITH GRIEF - aims to help young people through grief.

The book is made up of quotes, advice and corresponding emojis crowd sourced exclusively from children bereaved from birth to late teenage years.

"We've really benefitted from being involved with the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning partnership, and being able to use a lot of their resources and support."

Matthew Morgan 
Headmaster, Sir Thomas Rich's School

"85% of parents reported that they had noticed a change in their child’s attitude towards healthy food and exercise as a result of the interventions."

Harewood - Jumpstart programme

How does the process work?

Read our Ten Steps to gaining and maintaining Healthy Schools/Healthy FE status

29.5% of the students reported wanting their bodies to look like celebrities before the lessons which reduced to 16% post intervention.

Newent - Body image and self esteem programme

The Gloucestershire Healthy Schools / FE accreditation process have been carefully designed to support schools through the process

Read more about our Review Tool.

Be Well Gloucestershire is a year-long local campaign to help when stress, anxiety, isolation and other challenges become hard to deal with. We want to encourage anyone who is having a hard time in the county to access the support that is available and break the social stigma attached to mental ill-health.

This site is the start of what will be a central hub for anyone who needs help or support for themselves or a loved one. Working alongside local organisations, charities and communities, we will develop information and resources to enable more people who live in the county to talk openly about their wellbeing and access mental health and wellbeing support.

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NSPCC Speak out, Stay safe online reminder

The NSPCC Schools Service has developed an online version of our popular ‘Speak out, Stay safe programme’ while we can’t visit schools in person. This is available to all primary settings free of charge.  

There’s still time to use these assemblies for your children in term 6 and the sign up process is quick and easy. Simply follow the link at

The main programme consists of two video assemblies (one for YR/KS1 - 15 minutes and one for KS2 - 25 minutes) that empower children by helping them learn about

  • Speaking out to a trusted adult if they ever feel worried, unsafe or unsure
  • Who trusted adults can be
  • Age-appropriate explanations of child abuse, and that abuse is not OK and needs to stop
  • The Childline service

The programme includes optional supporting resources to consolidate learning, supporting information for school staff and information to send out to parents and carers. The assemblies are perfect for use in class bubbles as they are easily accessed online for use on an interactive whiteboard. The video assemblies include pause points for class interaction, and feature cameos from Ant and Dec!

Alcohol Education Trust Competition

    Deadline extended to 31st July 2021 - Film and poster competition for 15-19 year olds

We are approaching the deadline for our competition challenging 15-19 year olds to produce an Instagram campaign, film or poster on alcohol awareness topics for their peers. This is a perfect activity to keep young people busy as a homework task. There is a prize of £150 for the best entry in each category and four runner-up prizes of £50! Please see for full details. Please share with any 15-19 year olds who might like to be involved! Deadline 31st July 2021. Huge thanks to People's Postcode Lottery for their funding supporting this.

Nurture International Virtual Conference

Nurture International Virtual Conference

Using a Trauma Informed Nurturing Approach to Heal Trauma



Key note speakers

·         Dr Francis McGlone – The importance of touch.

·         Rose Cope – Metacognition

·         Join a variety of workshops during the day that will help you to feel more confident in supporting children’s development and recovery from traumatic events.

·         Gain knowledge of strategies to implement in classrooms and whole schools.

·         Take the opportunity to network with like-minded people.


·         There will be a variety of workshops including:

·         The missing piece of the jigsaw – understanding sensory difficulties,

·         What we can learn from Romanian children,

·         An introduction to the Developmental Portrait,

·         The neuroscience of Attachment

·         Using the six enhanced nurture principles for learning to aid recovery.



·         For outstanding practice in the nurture approach for learning, both a pastoral worker and a teacher, will be presented an award in memory of Mel Moczulzki and Carol Speed.

·         The successful nominees will receive a certificate and a free place on one of the training programmes offered by Nurture International.

Contact us at:

·         To make a booking for the



£35.00 per person



Nominate a colleague for outstanding nurture practice – Deadline for nominations 10 June 2021


Workshops and speakers to support you in your school



Network with like-minded practitioners



We are looking forward to meeting you all.

9.30 am to 4pm. £35.00 per person

Siobhan Baille concerned about sexual harrassment of schoolgirls in Stroud

MP Siobhan Baillie has met with pupils from Stroud High School for Girls to discuss a survey they undertook looking at sexism and violence against women and to discuss their experiences of sexual harassment.

Siobhan met with the pupils from years eight to 11 recently and she was presented with the results of a survey they undertook among 80 Year 9 students.

Read full article here

Watch the parliamentary discussion here

MOVES Transition Webinar

As part of the transition support  that has been introduced in Gloucestershire, the Local Authority has commissioned Foster and Brown Research  Ltd., who operated the very successful transition survey for Year 6 pupils during the first lock down last year. This is a short (about 10 minutes) pupil  focused questionnaire specifically for Year 6 pupils. It’s focus is on transition to secondary school and provide the opportunity for Year 6 pupils to say how they are feeling about this time in their lives.  The aim is for secondary schools to have a clear sense of the well being needs of their new intake pupils, in order to better support the transition process. The data will also help primary schools inform their transition process for next year. Reports will be sent to participating primary schools and destination secondary schools in August. We will be holding  a live zoom Webinar for primary schools to attend on Wednesday June 16th at 3.45pm.  To access the link please email  

Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning

Welcome to Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning. This is an umbrella organisation for Gloucestershire Healthy Schools and Gloucestershire Healthy FE (Further Education).

GHLL was launched in July 2012 for schools and colleges across Gloucestershire, supported by Leading Teachers.

Funding is through Public Health and by Gloucestershire County Council. Schools and colleges are offered this supported intervention at no cost.


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