Category Archives: Barnet Healthy Schools

Thinkuknow: New Resources and Training

The new school year is here! Thinkuknow has new resources and training opportunities to support you with the year ahead:

  1. New resource for 8-10 year olds
  2. Digital Families conference 2018
  3. New Ambassador course dates

1.Band Runner: new Thinkuknow game and website for 8-10 year olds.

If you haven’t already seen it, Thinkuknow have a new resource for 8-10 year olds called Band Runner. This is a fun runner-style game, available on the Thinkuknow website, which you can use in the classroom and encourage children to play at home.

The game features the characters from Play Like Share: Sam, Alfie and Ellie who continue their adventures, this time running through school and collecting stars and points, whilst children support them to make decisions online. The game helps children to build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.

A key area of the new site is the ‘Stay Safe’ zone that features six topic areas: Play, Like, Share, Chat , Lock, and Explore. Children can also visit the ‘Worried About Something?’ page which provides advice and support on how to get help if something worrying has happened online.

There is guidance for professionals, which includes a lesson plan on using Band Runner with children and young people.  We also see Band Runner as being a great tool and a unique way parents and carers can start/continue discussions in the home about online safety – alongside having a bit of fun in the process! To help them do so they have created an information sheet which includes ‘things to discuss’ whilst playing the game. Download all the resources here.

2. Digital Families conference 2018 – The Future for Young People Online

This conference, provided by NCA-CEOP and Parent Zone, is taking place in London on 10th October 2018, and will explore the challenges and opportunities of raising and educating children in a digital world. Expert speakers include, Sonia Livingstone OBE, Dr Victoria Baines and Dave Coplin. If you would like to hear more about what NCA –CEOP will be presenting on the day visit Thinkuknow’s blog post page here and get your ticket here.

3.New Ambassador course dates

With over 400 Ambassadors trained already this year, a final few spaces remain on their upcoming courses in 2018. The London course date is: 6th December 2018. For more information about the course and to book, click here.

LGBT Guide for Orthodox Jewish Schools

The UK’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has published the first ever guide for orthodox Jewish schools to improve the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils.

Jewish LGBT campaign group, KeshetUK, helped produce the guide.  The guide aims to reduce potential harm to LGBT pupils across the community.

To find out more click on the link:

Money for Life: E-Learning Videos

The Money for Life e-learning videos are designed to help young people develop the skills needed to manage their money day to day. They’re free to use and can be completed anywhere by anyone. The short, interactive videos take the user through the key topics including:

  • banking,
  • budgeting,
  • borrowing
  • and keeping money safe.

Young people can check their learning through the quiz at the end of the four videos.

To find out more and to download the videos, click on the link: Money For Life: E-Learning Videos

Unitas Youth Zone – New Facilities

Unitas Youth Zone (part of the OnSide Network) will open Spring 2019 in a brand new £6.5 million dedicated youth facility in Montrose Park, Burnt Oak.

Providing 7 days a week universal youth provision from 4pm for young people aged 8 – 19 (or 25 with disability or additional needs). They will have access to up to 20 activities including:

  • a sports hall,
  • music room and recording studio,
  • gym,
  • climbing wall,
  • rooftop 4G football pitch,
  • a café,
  • arts room,
  • performing arts room,
  • IT suite,
  • boxing ring, l
  • earning kitchen
  • and much, much more –

All for just 50p per visit and £5 annual membership.

Our Young Person’s Development Group have informed all that we have undertaken so far and will, along with many many more young people, continue to do so.

In advance of opening the Unitas team are keen to get out and about across the borough and raise awareness of Unitas within primary and secondary school settings.

Across the OnSide Network many schools work closely with Youth Zones through partnership work for purposes ranging from wider pupil enrichment programmes, personal and social development , end of term reward visits for pupils that often take the form of physical activity and the opportunity to use the Youth Zone for the space it provides. There are many other possibilities too.

They would love the opportunity to come to present at assemblies, seminars, form meetings or evening governor meetings or any other forum that you think would be of benefit!

Unitas seeks to be an organisation that can transform the lives of young people, level the playing field for them and be an incredible community asset working collaboratively with all.

For more information please contact Tony Lewis, Unitas Chief Executive on or on 07432692184 . Follow on @UnitasYZ & @OnSideYZ

Staying Safe on Holiday

This article, ‘Staying Safe on Holiday‘ is a reminder from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) that we should exercise the same caution with holiday accommodation as we would at home. This update gives a few checks and precautions to ensure parents and carers are not caught off guard on holiday. Also links to CAPT’s definitive guide to summer safety.

Fit and Active Barnet Campaign

Being active is easy, fun and social. It can also be a great way of reducing stress and lifting your mood. Leading a healthy lifestyle helps keep your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illnesses and strengthens muscles and bones. It is also a great way to spend time with family, meet friends and get involved in the local community.

With only half of Barnet’s adult population physically active for at least 150 minutes per week, and the borough facing many health inequalities, including increased prevalence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and growing obesity levels amongst our children and young people; it is time to tackle this together!

On the 17th July, the Fit and Active Barnet (FAB) campaign was launched and will encourage residents to include more activity in to their day and feel FAB! The campaign will involve the delivery of a range of marketing and promotional materials including bus shelter advertisements, high street posters, Barnet First splash (delivered to approximately 155,000 households), social media updates, posters within GP surgeries and libraries and digital advertising.

As well as the promotional activities being run from 17 July, there will also be a free FAB Card for residents and a FAB Hub.  To find out more see the attached document: FAB Campaign – Partner Pack FINAL