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Public Health England: Every Mind Matters Campaign

Public Health England, with support from some of the most respected organisations in the field, launched a new mental health campaign called “Every Mind Matters” in October 2019.

The campaign aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.

The campaign offers free, NHS-approved mental health resources, via the One You website, which helps build understanding of mental health and what individuals can do to improve and manage how they are feeling.

You can order a pack of printed resources which includes:

  • 1 x guide with information about the campaign, how you can take part, and suggestions of things you can do for your employees and parents/carers
  • 3 x A3 campaign posters
  • 50 x conversation starters
  • 1 x conversation starter dispenser

For Early Years settings, promoting this campaign will help you to meet the following criteria within the HEYL Bronze and Silver award:

  • S10a: Staff and practitioners can provide information for parents and carers about support available for mental health
  • S13a: All staff can confidentiality access advice, support and services to maintain their own health and wellbeing and healthy lifestyle

If you would like to order a pack for your setting please let Anna know:

Anna Brennan-Craddock
Health Education Partnership
Tel: 0770 3814831


NewsWise launches PSHE lesson plans for KS2

Newswise has greatly enjoyed working in partnership with the Guardian Foundation and National Literacy Trust, with funding from Google, to deliver a range of news literacy training and resources for primary schools as part of the award-winning NewsWise project.

They are now delighted to announce the addition of three new PSHE education lesson plans to the suite of free NewsWise teaching materials for primary schools. These latest NewsWise lesson plans are linked to the new statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance, and cover:

  • Managing feelings about the news (lesson 3) — a lesson that explores the emotional impact of news and gives pupils strategies to manage it
  • Spotting fake news (lesson 5) — a lesson to help pupils understand the nature of fake news and its potentially harmful impact on individuals
  • Understanding that news is targeted (lesson 6) — a lesson that helps pupils to understand that online information is ranked, selected and targeted and supports them to become critical consumers of such information

Access the NewsWise Lessons & Resources

Winter Readiness Information for London Schools and Nurseries

This is an updated briefing from Public Health England.

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 and neurodevelopmental disorders are also at risk of developing complications from certain vaccine-preventable infections such as measles and flu. It is important that they are fully immunised to prevent any complications and to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks in a school setting. It is also essential that schools have up to date and easily accessible records of children identified as being in a risk group (see page 5 – Influenza risk groups – for more information). This will ensure that a rapid risk assessment regarding the need for post exposure treatment can be considered in the event of individual cases and/or an outbreak situation.

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

To read the briefing click on the link now:  Winter readiness information for London schools 2019-20

Supporting a Bereaved Pupil

LGFL latest resource Supporting a Bereaved Pupil, in partnership with Child Bereavement UK is now available.  This comprehensive, free-to-access resource is aimed at empowering teachers and education professionals to support bereaved pupils and has been developed for staff in schools, to help develop their understanding, skills and confidence to support pupils and their families when they experience a bereavement.

Alcohol Awareness Week – 11th -17th November

Alcohol Awareness Week is less than a month away! This year, the theme is ‘Alcohol and Me‘ and offers schools, clubs and community groups a great opportunity to focus on alcohol issues. Here are some suggestions for you below:

Ideas for getting involved (schools)

  • Hold an assembly with a focus on alcohol awareness
  • Distribute their ‘Alcohol and You’ student guides
  • Have a discussion around alcohol during tutor time
  • Distribute their ‘Talking to Kids about Alcohol’ parent guides
  • Book a parent talk
  • Book a teacher/staff training session

Schools can order the following resources free of charge by contacting Kate via

  • AET Teacher Workbook – this resource is fully supported online and covers units and guidelines, the law, alcohol and its effects social and physical and much more. Take a look via the teacher area of
  • 110 x ‘Alcohol and You’ student guides
  • 110 x ‘Talking to Kids about Alcohol’ parent guides

Getting your school ready for statutory PSHE changes and the new Ofsted framework

As you know, Relationships Education and Health Education will be compulsory aspects of PSHE education in all primary schools from September 2020. The PSHE Association have just launched a set of handy explainer slides to help you and your school prepare for these changes.

This free-to-download presentation will help you to explain these developments to your senior leadership teams, boards of governors and other colleagues. It covers practical steps to take, guidance to have in place and resources you can use.

They also explore how PSHE education is likely to play a greater role under the new Ofsted inspection framework, particularly in evidencing ‘personal development’, as well as making a unique contribution to safeguarding. Please download and share widely, and feel free to get in touch with questions or feedback.

Download your Statutory Changes Explainer Slides