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This page focuses on healthy lifestyles and includes:

  • healthy weight
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • sleep

You’ll find links to relevant sites and teaching resources as well as details of local training opportunities and news from local providers.

Period product scheme for schools in England

No-one should be held back from accessing education due to their period. The DfE has introduced a period product scheme to provide free period products for all learners who need them.

The guidance contains information on:

  • choosing and ordering period products
  • distributing products within institutions
  • tackling stigma

Change4life school primary resources

In the School Zone, from Public Health England, you will find Change4Life curriculum-linked materials to support primary school teachers to encourage children to eat a healthy and balanced diet, as well as easy ways to get kids to move more during the school day.

Oral health resources for primary – key stages 1 and 2

Change4Life campaign resource centre schools’ zone has published dental resources for KS1 and KS2.

The dental care resources for schools support teachers and PSHE leads in teaching pupils the benefits of keeping their teeth healthy and strong.

Further Change4Life nutrition resources that fulfil the same learning objectives can be found on the School Zone healthy eating resources.

Guidance on the standards for planning and providing food in schools

The guidance on the standards for planning and providing food in schools will help when planning and providing food in schools. It explains how legislation applies to food provided within schools in England, outlines the role of school governing bodies and stipulates the legal requirements for food provided across the school day.

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) framework guide

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) framework guide to support all professionals delivering the NCMP to positively engage in sometimes difficult conversations with parents on the weight of children. In helping professionals to have sensitive conversations, children and parents can be guided into leading healthier lifestyles through positive action.

Visit GOV.UK to find out more.

New healthy weight management service for Bedfordshire

Since 1 April 2019, MoreLife delivers:

  • adult weight management services, including a maternity pathway
  • child and family weight management services
  • targeted prevention support and training in primary care, schools and early years settings

MoreLife has been successfully delivering evidence-based weight management and healthy lifestyle behavioural interventions since 1999. It has a proven track record of success, having delivered health improvement services in more than 50 areas.

Children’s oral health e-learning programme

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the Faculty of Dentistry, the Royal College of Surgeons and UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital to develop a new Children’s Oral Health e-learning programme. This free e-learning programme provides information and advice about children’s oral health. It is aimed at parents, expectant mothers, early years healthcare workers, teachers, nurses, GPs and the public.

Change4Life nutrition campaign resources

There is a new Change4Life campaign, started in January 2019.

“Movement is Life” video

The Movement is Life YouTube cartoon teaches teachers about what exercise does to our cells – encouraging physical activity in schools. With voice and inspiration from Dr. William Bird.

Resources for dental hygiene – key stages 1 and 2

Public Health England’s partnerships, nutrition and dental policy teams have collaborated on the first set of teaching resources promoting dental care for KS1 and KS2. Teachers are being encouraged to download the new cross-curricular dental lesson plans.

The resources will help pupils learn how to make informed choices about keeping their teeth healthy, and show them the effects of tooth decay with a simple science experiment. The dental lesson plans are the first in a series of Change4Life school resources that will be released this academic year to help pupils and their families learn about healthier eating habits.

Healthy weight promotion: consistent messages – all key stages

Public Health England has produced some healthy weight messages which can be communicated to children, young people and families in a consistent and evidence-based way. Resources include:

  • consistent messaging infographics: For use in practice; each infographic highlights the key evidenced based healthy weight messages for specific age or target groups
  • consistent messaging slide sets: The aim of these slides is to be used as a training tool to inform workforce development. It provides detailed evidence based healthy weight messages from preconception through to age 18 years. It includes links to a range of useful free resources including e-learning and guidance documents
  • child obesity animation: This animation demonstrates for all health and care professionals their vital role in supporting children, young people and families to maintain a healthier weight to prevent and reduce childhood obesity, from pregnancy through to the transition to adulthood

Health: From Here to Where resources – key stages 3 and 4

The PSHE Association has collaborated with RSPH and the Health Foundation to create free-to-download lesson plans, teacher guidance and a wealth of accompanying materials which focus on the factors that influence our health and wellbeing.

Physical activity and sports development for all key stages

The Youth Sport Trust offers a new range of products and services developed to help schools/colleges to deliver high quality PE, physical activity and school sport.

Sleep advice for children and young people

The Sleep and tiredness area of the NHS’ website provides practical hints and tips to help young people with sleep issues.

Child obesity video

This video demonstrates for all health and care professionals their vital role in supporting children, young people and families in maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent and reduce childhood obesity, from pregnancy through to the transition to adulthood.

Promoting physical activity in schools

SSEHS Active is part of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. This practice briefing suggests practical strategies for promoting physical activity with children aged 6-11.

The evidence-based recommendations in this briefing are underpinned by research findings and are followed by practical strategies to support their implementation. The resource is split into three sections looking at:

  • promoting physical activity in schools and the community
  • promoting physical activity to children specifically within the school setting
  • promoting active travel to children

Free maths and English PE and PSHE resources – key stages 1 and 2

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League to inspire children to learn, be active and develop skills.

Primary Stars is available to every school with pupils aged 5-11 years, providing teaching materials in maths, English, PE, and PSHE. Resources include materials for assemblies and lessons with videos and downloadable lesson plans.

Teacher newsletter from the Alcohol Education Trust

The Alcohol Education Trust publishes teacher and parent newsletters.

Latest SHEU Education and Health journal

The latest issue of the SHEU Education and Health journal:

  • trends and research in young people’s alcohol and substance use
    David Regis
  • Solihull Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project 2014-2016
    Natasha Chamberlain
  • keeping girls at school may reduce teenage pregnancy and STIs –
    but sex education doesn’t
    Amanda Mason-Jones
  • What’s Fun Got to Do with It? – Engaging Young People in a School-Based Wellbeing Programme
    Seamus Whitty and Tom Farrelly
  • a critical discussion of what approach coaches should adopt when coaching children

Research provided by the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU)

They cover a range of topics including:

  • food
  • drugs
  • SRE
  • exercise
  • health
  • education 

Please note: We do not accept responsibility for the availability or reliability of these resources and do not endorse their content.

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