Category Archives: Harrow Healthy Schools

We All Have Mental Health: It’s here!

Anna Freud’s new animation and teacher toolkit:We all have Mental Health” is now available, and is being emailed to every secondary school in England.

The animation is co-produced with young people. It tells the story of Sasha and André who are struggling with their emotions. Sasha experiences the ‘everyday’ feelings that we all feel, which can feel powerful at times but which do not interfere with the way we function. André’s feelings on the other hand are overwhelming and persistent.

Our aim is to encourage young people to have the confidence to be open about their mental health and to know how and when to ask for support. By encouraging openness, and reminding them that We all have mental health, we hope that young people will share and listen so that any problems they are facing can be addressed at the earliest possible stage.

You can download the animation and resources here.

Anna Freud are calling on secondary schools to teach the We all have mental health assembly plan on World Mental Health Day (10th October). If you do, they would love for you to share pictures and feedback with them on social media: @AFNCCF #Weallhavementalhealth

Those working in and with primary schools:
Don’t forget you can use our Charity Award nominated Talking Mental Health animation and teacher toolkit with year 5 and 6 pupils. Download now and teach the lesson or assembly on World Mental Health Day.

Flu Vaccination 2018-19

With another flu season almost upon us, this blog from Public Health England answers some key questions about flu and flu vaccination.

There are certain groups who are at higher risk from flu; these include:

  • pregnant women,
  • those over the age of 65
  • and those with serious health conditions.

Flu vaccine is offered to people in all of these groups, as well as some children, to help protect them from catching and spreading flu.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

This statutory guidance from the Department for Education, for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment has been updated.

This guidance applies to all schools and is for:

  • headteachers, teachers and staff
  • governing bodies, proprietors and management committees

It sets out the legal duties you must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.



The London Health Inequalities Strategy

This strategy, from the Major of London, tackles the determinants of health which lead health inequalities by focusing on five key areas, including healthy children – helping every London child to have a healthy start in life by supporting parents and carers, early years settings and schools.

The London health inequalities strategy also includes a recommendation to be Baby Friendly.



Safeguarding and Child Protection in Schools

Schools play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.

Your school can safeguard children by:

  • creating safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices
  • ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don’t pose a risk to children
  • making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
  • teaching children and young people about staying safe
  • maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.

NSPCC Learning provide a number of resources to help schools safeguard children including:

  • training courses;
  • a free online Safeguarding in education self-assessment tool (ESAT);
  • free classroom resources and lesson plans;
  • and a consultancy for schools offering support from education safeguarding consultants.

To find out more click here

Edible Playgrounds

Edible Playgrounds, by Trees for Cities, transform school grounds into vibrant teaching gardens, immersing children into a whole new world of growing and eating healthy, delicious food. With an edible playground at your school, your pupils will benefit from fun, engaging lessons that support the school curriculum, and get excited about their health.

The key activities that are included as parts of the Edible Playgrounds project include:

  • Site surveys, design and build of Edible Playground (with raised beds, fruit trees, a greenhouse, composting area, vertical planting, irrigation system, pupils tools and all compost and plants for the first growing season).
  • Consultation and engagement with pupils, parents and teachers including a whole school assembly with fruit and vegetable tasting.
  • Training and staff support including monthly half-day horticultural Train the Trainer sessions for up to three teaching staff
  • Bespoke management plan for your Edible Playground, developed with your school, with planting plans, to do lists, growing guides and curriculum links.

For more details please look here: or contact

For an example of one of our projects please click here: