Category Archives: WCC Resources & News HS

How to Promote Active Travel to School to Reduce Air Pollution

An eight-minute podcast from NICE includes an explanation, by PHE’s group leader for air quality and public health, of how implementation of NICE guidance such as guideline NT70, Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health, can be implemented at a local level through measures such as promotion of “active travel”, the introduction clean air zones, etc. Among other things, the presentation addresses questions such as, “How can promotion of active travel to school contribute to the reduction of air pollution?”

Quality Standard for Physical Activity: Encouraging Activity in the Community

This quality standard from NICE covers how local strategy, policy and planning and improvements to the built or natural physical environment such as public open spaces, workplaces and schools can encourage and support people of all ages and all abilities to be physically active and move more. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Read also: RCGP news, RCGP welcomes ‘pragmatic’ NICE physical activity quality standard.

Pilot free resources for Reducing Intolerance and Promoting Social Cohesion

The Behavioural Insights Team is working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government to trial an innovative PSHE education initiative aimed at promoting social cohesion and are looking for schools to take part.

They are recruiting secondary schools to pilot evidence-based PSHE education materials focused on improving students’ well-being, sense-of-belonging, openness, and critical thinking. The lessons have been designed in collaboration with academics from Stanford, Yale and Oxford Universities and are being reviewed by the PSHE Association to ensure they reflect safe practice PSHE learning principles.

Applicants chosen to participate will benefit from free training to support delivery of the materials and coverage of costs to help schools engage with the project.

Visit the project website for more information about the trial. You can register your interest by emailing the Behavioural Insights Team at cohesion@bi.team or arrange a call directly with the team by clicking here. Applicants must be PSHE leads based in a secondary school in England. The trial will start in September 2019 and high levels of interest in this project are expected so would encourage prompt application to avoid disappointment.

Gender Action Schools Award

Young people’s goals for the future are set as young as seven years old. Gendered expectations have been shown to be one of the main influences on children’s aspirations.

But what role can educators play in challenging gender stereotypes?

A vital role – and Gender Action are here to help.

To tackle gender stereotypes in nurseries and schools, the Mayor is funding the new Gender Action award programme, to be rolled out across the capital in 2019.

The programme is being developed and run by a consortium of experts from the Institute of Physics, King’s College London, UCL Institute of Education and the University Council of Modern Languages. This will provide:

  • Guidance that works, backed by over a decade’s worth of research by leading institutions
  • Support that makes it quick and easy for practitioners to navigate and tackle gender stereotypes
  • Improved outcomes for children with broadened subject take up and careers aspirations
  • National recognition that your school is leading the way for gender equality

Educators can pledge their commitment to gender equality by registering at www.genderaction.co.uk, as well as learning more about the programme and accessing their online resources to challenge gender stereotypes.

BECOMING A SUPPORTER

To become a Supporter of Gender Action, all you have to do is register on the website and complete a letter of commitment. You will be sent this letter once you have registered. This letter needs to be signed by the headteacher or a member of SLT to show whole-school commitment to challenging gender stereotypes.

Free Mental Health Awareness Training for Secondary Schools

The Anna Freud Centre are delighted to announce that they have been commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to offer a comprehensive free Mental Health Awareness Training to over 1800 secondary schools and colleges.

This one-day Mental Health Awareness Training for secondary schools is underpinned by the Centre’s longstanding experience of working within schools to support pupil, parent/carer and staff mental health. The training is grounded in a rigorous evidence base and will take place across England in over 130 locations between September 2019 and February 2020. It covers:

  • What the evidence tells us about mental health difficulties in schools
  • Spotting the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Positive approaches to promoting mental health and wellbeing in the whole school community

To find out whether your secondary school or college is eligible and to register to attend a training, please visit www.annafreud.org/mhat

Read the full news story and read the article in TES.

The Daily Mile™ Day in London – be part of it!

London Marathon Events is organising the first ever Daily Mile Day in London on Friday 5 July, at 14:00 . Every child and every primary school in the capital can take part – be part of it and help set a London record for the most children doing The Daily Mile at the same time.

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. If your school hasn’t already registered, you can sign up now at thedailymile.co.uk – it only takes a minute
  2. Add the date to the school diary – 14:00 on Friday 5 July
  3. Spread the word. Get the whole school community involved – all staff can take part. Why not invite parents or Governors to join in too? Do you need a presentation for your school assembly? Just send an email to the address below and we’ll send it over before the end of the month
  4. Organise The Daily Mile at 14:00 – 15 minutes of the children jogging or running, at their own pace, for the whole school – no need to change! They can all run at the same time or organise a timetable so they set off for their run in different waves
  5. After the event, we’ll send you a short survey asking you how many children took part so you can be part of a new London record. Every school that completes the survey will receive a special Daily Mile Day certificate for display in school

Still not sure you can find time to do The Daily Mile? Just remember:

  • active children are more alert – they are more able to concentrate, stay on task in class and make good choices about their behaviour
  • active children are happier – they have improved self-esteem, reduced anxiety and increased confidence
  • active children have improved bone health and muscle strength. Activity improves their cardiorespiratory fitness and leads to a reduction in body fat

Register your school for The Daily Mile at thedailymile.co.uk

For further information, contact Ben Cooper at TheDailyMile@londonmarathonevents.co.uk