Health and Wellbeing - Key Stage 3&4
Resources, Articles and Advice
An exciting, fun and free health education resource for teachers and school aged children. The resources make learning about microbes, antibiotic resistance, and the spread, treatment and prevention of infection fun and accessible for all.
Public Health England - The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment A briefing for heads, governors and staff in educational settings. Research shows that education and health are closely linked. So promoting the health and wellbeing of students within schools and colleges has the potential to improve their educational outcomes.
NHS Life Check - advice on improving many aspects of health for individuals and whole families
For lesson plans covering the topics below please click on the picture above:
- Bullying and cyberbullying
- Online stress and FOMO
- Exam stress
- Body image in a digital world
- Forming positive relationships
Shift: Product design for social change - Encouraging people to make positive life changes in small steps
By now, virtually every parent and educator has heard about 13 Reasons Why, the popular Netflix drama that tells the story of high school student Hannah Baker and her decision to take her own life. The series has fuelled controversy, generated discussion, and prompted many questions: is the subject matter - including relationship troubles, cyber bullying, sexual assault, reputation slurs, depression, tone-deaf adults, self-doubt, and aloneness - too disturbing to talk about with youth?
Click here to download guidance from Living Works
What happens inside your body when you exercise?
Click on the above video from the British Heart Foundation, which describes what happens inside your body when you exercise:
Regular physical activity can lower your risk of heart and circulatory disease by 35% ......
We want to hear from you If one of your students has used first aid to help someone, we’d love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Education has launched a call for evidence as part of its consultation on PSHE and has asked teachers and students for their thoughts.
British Red Cross will be responding with evidence for first aid to feature as part of a new statutory curriculum.
We would encourage you to have your say before the consultation closes on 12 February. Have your say >
INTRODUCING OUR HEALTH UNCOVERED PODCASTS With Cel Spellman
Our new series of podcasts hosted by BBC Radio One presenter and actor Cel Spellman aim to get more young people in-tune with their health and wellbeing. Sexually transmitted infections, low-mood, self-harming, drugs, alcohol and everything else – Cel is lifting the lid on teenage health.
Life isn't always easy - and young people across the country have been helping us explore the issues that they’re facing today. From online bullying to sexual health, body image to mental health. They've been asking the questions you want to hear answered, joined by the health professionals that help young people, like school nurses and mental health specialists, to provide solutions, support and understanding.
Click here to view the full article where you will also be able to access ten audio shows, hosted by actor and BBC Radio 1 presenter Cel Spellman. The podcasts cover:
Series 1 - Episodes
#1 – Sexual health, STIs
#2 – Bullying, how it feels
#3 – Mental health, me and my emotions
#4 – Sexual health, are you ready?
#5 – Mental health, are you OK?
#6 – Grooming, could it happen to me?
#7 – Mental health, taking control
#8 – Mental health, asking for help
#9 – Social media, is this real life?
#10 – Substance misuse, know your choices
Gaming becomes the latest addiction BBC News 18.06.18
The World Health Organisation's classification of gaming disorder as a condition which is capable of debilitating addiction is an important moment in the shifting relationship between technology and society
Like gambling, gaming appears to be on a journey similar to that of nicotine a generation ago - at least in respect of the medical profession. At first, people take up a habit with glee. Then awareness of the costs - both social and individual - spread. Victims speak out, campaigners lobby, and the medical establishment comes to a new majority opinion.
Where medicine and public harm go, regulators often follow. As new media and technology change our lives at an ever faster rate, the medicalisation of our new habits will prompt ever greater scrutiny from legislators and parents alike.
The BBC has a digital guide to life online for parents and young people BBC Own It
Healthy breaks for schools
CPR Training Kits
Join our nation of lifesavers. Learn CPR and save a life. We're determined to increase cardiac arrest survival rates by creating a Nation of Lifesavers. Our 'Call Push Rescue' training kit provides all the specialist equipment needed to teach CPR. It can teach you to recognise cardiac arrest and carry out CPR on adults and children. It uses a film tutorial on DVD, showing how public access defibrillators work and their role in the life-saving process, so trainees are aware of their importance and are more confident to use one if needed. Click on the image for more information on how to obtain your pack.
Children consuming online time 'like junk food' - Parents must intervene to stop their children overusing social media and consuming time online "like junk food", the children's commissioner has said.
Children 'exercise less as they get older' - The number of children doing an hour of exercise a day falls by nearly 40% between the ages of 5 and 12.
How to teach about sugar - Guardian article featuring links to a number of primary and secondary suitable resources
Quitday - Support for quitting smoking
Activity icons 'could help healthy living' - People like to have information about their food - but working out how much exercise you'll need to do to burn off the calories in your favourite treat is not straightforward.
Food a Fact of Life - A Fact of Life provides a wealth of free resources about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming for children and young people aged 3 to 16 years. The resources are progressive, stimulate learning and support the curriculum throughout the UK. All resources are designed to ensure that consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered. Look out for the online diet and physical interactive tool mywellbeing for 11 to 16 - a great resource for teenagers.
The Always & Tampax puberty education programme helps give girls the confidence and resilience to stay healthy and keep playing sports in their own time.
Research shows that regular exercise improves self-esteem in young people, giving them that all important confidence boost they need at this formative time in their lives. However, over 50% of girls drop out of sports around puberty, when they need to develop self-belief the most.
The sense of accomplishment, feeling of belonging, ability to see their body as an asset, friendships, and fun are all some of the many benefits of sports participation that help increase girls’ confidence on and off the field. Encourage your girls to stay in sports by praising their participation, helping them create a team with their friends, giving them ownership over the team and most importantly, make it fun.
You can find more information around encouraging girls to stay healthy and keep playing sports by clicking the above logo. Help empower girls and encourage them to keep playing!
Visit the Always site today to access all of the available teaching materials.
PHE launches Rise Above for Schools programme - 13/09/2017
Dynamic new resources for teachers will help build crucial life-skills for young people to boost their resilience and improve their mental health and wellbeing, as part of a new evidence-based programme for schools unveiled by Public Health England (PHE).
With around 1 in 5 young people experiencing cyberbullying and 1 in 3 reporting that their body was “too fat”, pupils aged between 11 and 16 will be taught how to cope with some of modern life’s most challenging issues, equipping young people with resilience skills that will help them throughout adulthood.
Resources available free of charge We are pleased to be able to offer UK schools (pupils aged 11- 18) the following resources free of charge:
- AET Teacher Workbook (1 printed copy)
- 200x 'Talking to Kids about Alcohol' parent guide OR
- 250x 'Alcohol and You' student guide OR
- 110x each guide
- Full access to our student online learning zone www.talkaboutalcohol.com
- Online resources – available to download as pdf versions via www.alcoholeducationtrust.org
You can order your resources via email@example.com .
Full set of resources
You can order a full set of our resources for a one off cost of £90 and this includes:
- The ‘Talk about Alcohol’ 100 page alcohol education workbook
- Teacher guidance and 6 lesson plans for children with SEN
- DVD of BAFTA award winning ‘Just a Few Drinks’ 4 short films
- Full access to the SEND area of our website with lesson plans, PowerPoints etc.
- 60 laminated discussion cards pictures, scenarios and quiz for use in class
This set of resources was highly commended in the 2017 Education Resources Awards and shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards and Children and Young People Now Awards 2017.
SEN and Looked after Children
Please do get in touch if you work with Looked after Children or those with SEN. We have streams of funding available to support these groups.
Our resources are fully and independently evaluated and are:
- DfE approved and awarded 3/3 by Mentor Adepis CAYT
- Listed in The Early Intervention’s top 50 most effective programmes
PSHE Association Quality Assured
Here you will find useful education materials to help educate every young person in the UK about cancer and healthy living.
The phone life balance study - by Motorola Feb 2017
As the new school term begins, we want to remind you that our free teaching resources, packed full with lesson plans, activity sheets and real life stories are available all year round for you to teach your students about organ and tissue donation. Currently three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because of a shortage of organ donors and whilst most people support organ donation, many people don’t realise their family’s support is needed for donation to go ahead.
Following the Government’s recent announcement to introduce a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation in Spring 2020, there is no better time to deliver organ donation lessons, so students feel empowered to discuss organ donation with their families so they can make informed choices in the future.
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