Category Archives: Barking and Dagenham Healthy Schools

Boys’ Body Image – Free Resources

This free lesson resource from Media Smart is designed to get students aged 11 to 14 talking about body image and advertising, and exploring ways to develop positive body image through PSHE education.

Research suggests that 53% of boys aged 11 to 18 say that advertising creates a pressure to look good, but with many boys reluctant to share their concerns with parents or teachers, they may not get the support they need to address body image issues.

The Media Smart Body Image and Advertising resource includes teacher notes, presentation slides and printable worksheets, to help you plan and deliver a PSHE lesson that:

  • introduces the topic of body image, and explores how it’s influenced by the media and advertising.
  • teaches students how to manage this influence, and promotes positive body image and emotional resilience.

Although the resources focus on how the male body is represented in the media, they are designed to be used with all students, encouraging them to consider the ways that body image issues can affect everyone.

Download the resources here

Winter Readiness Information

As winter approaches, it is important that schools are reminded and updated on important health considerations for their pupils/students, parents/carers and staff.

Pupils and staff in schools are particularly susceptible to infections which increase over the winter months, such as seasonal influenza (flu) and stomach infections (such as norovirus). These can be very infectious and cause outbreaks in school settings due to the close contact amongst pupils and staff. The spread of these illnesses can be limited by improving infection control practices within the school.

Young children and/or those with chronic illnesses are also at risk of developing complications from certain vaccine-preventable infections such as measles and flu. It is important that they are immunised to prevent any complications and to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks in a school setting.

This briefing from Public Health England, Winter readiness information for London schools 2017-2018, provides:

  1. Key messages for head teachers on winter preparedness.
  2. Two checklists on flu and norovirus readiness and when and how to report outbreaks.
  3. Leaflets and further information on flu, norovirus and meningitis.

Rise Above for Schools – Free PSHE Resources

Rise Above for Schools, from Public Health England provides free PSHE resources that support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16.

By including video content co-created by young people for young people, Rise Above for Schools is designed to help you to facilitate open and informed conversations with your students on a range of sometimes challenging areas of PSHE education.

These new resources include videos, lesson plans, activity ideas and guidance for teachers on topics such as bullying and cyberbullying, alcohol, positive relationships, smoking, exam stress, online stress and body image in a digital world. The guidance suggests how to integrate these topics within your planned PSHE programme, enabling students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage real life situations related to each topic. Materials on further topics will be released later in the school year.

Download the Free Rise Above for Schools Lesson Plans

#Hello Yellow on World Mental Health Day

On October 10th, thousands of children and young people will wear something yellow to help spread the word that, whatever you’re going through, you can talk to someone if you’re struggling to cope.

Want to join in?
This month, Young Minds will be sending out packs of resources to help make #HelloYellow a success at your school, college or university – so now’s the time to sign up!

Get Your Free Resources

Young People and Gender, Emotional Well-being and Mental Health

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) have released a number of documents on the issue of Gender and Young People and its affects on their Emotional Well Being and Mental Health.

  1. Just getting on: Young people’s views on gender, emotional well-being and mental health. This first document  presents the views of over 100 young people on how they cope with difficulties and seek help, with a focus on the role of gender. You can download:
  • Just getting ona report for decision-makers, service providers and practitioners whose work impacts on children and young people’s emotional and mental health and well-being
  • A two-page summary of key findings aimed at young people
  • report digesting the findings for young people in a bit more detail.

2. Gender-sensitive approaches to children and young people’s emotional and mental health and well-being. This document is for decision-makers, service providers and practitioners whose work impacts on children and young people’s emotional and mental health and well-being. It features practice that explicitly addresses gender as a relevant factor in such work.

Examples include a project involving young women in tackling violence against women and girls; a popular magazine aimed at opening up conversations about young men’s mental health; and support groups for trans young people.

Click on the link to download this document: Gender Sensitive Approaches to CYP

3. Gender and children and young people’s emotional and mental health: Evidence review. This document explores research evidence on the role of gender in emotional and mental health and well-being. It focuses on children and young people’s coping strategies and help-seeking behaviours, and how parents/carers, schools and public services respond to individuals’ mental health needs. It includes evidence relating to specific groups of children particularly affected by mental health inequalities.

Click on the link to download this document:

Free Resource: Talk About Alcohol Teacher Workbook

You can download the NEW EDITION of Alcohol Education Trust’s 100 plus page award winning Talk About Alcohol teacher workbook HERE free of charge.

It has live links to all the relevant areas of as well as to pdfs of activities, lesson plans and games.

You can either plan by topic, such as units and guidelines, alcohol and the law or staying safe, or you can plan by suggested activities for each year group.

Using just six lessons from the workbook in Years 8 and 9 (the evaluation is detailed within) is evaluated to significantly delay the age that children choose to begin drinking, improve their knowledge and engagement with PSHE.

Take a look at the evaluation area of their website HERE if you’d like to know more.

If you are a school with a high proportion of children with SEN, a PRU or special school, or you work with looked after children, you may qualify for a FREE £90 education pack. Please contact or ring 01300 320 869 to learn more