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From September 2020 it will become mandatory for all schools providing primary education to deliver relationships education and all maintained schools to provide health education.

So, to help schools meet this new requirement, the Campaigns, Creative and Digital (CCD) team at Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) have created a schools pack to amplify the national ‘NHS Help Us Help You Campaign’.  

Given remote learning has played a major role in education during lockdown, this new virtual resource has been specially designed to teach children how to look after their own health and wellbeing (and that of those around them) during the winter months when the NHS is under the most pressure.

Why it’s important

Studies have shown that there is potential for health promotion in schools to have an impact on children’s attainment and long-term health and wellbeing1,2,3 by offering an opportunity to trigger a behaviour change amongst children and their families.

Through giving young people the confidence in self-care, and better awareness of what services are available, it is hoped that in the long term this will help to relieve NHS system pressures.

About the pack

Aimed at Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils, the hope is that they will discuss what they have learnt with family or adults at home so that this information filters throughout the community. Key health and wellbeing topics it will cover include:

  • NHS services and when to use them
  • Ideas for healthy, warm foods
  • How to look after yourself (and vulnerable groups) over winter
  • Areas such as antibiotics, exercise and how to dress for winter

All materials have been formulated with the support of a fully qualified and experienced primary school teacher to ensure they meet current teaching and learning requirements.

The ‘ready-to-go’ pack contains over 100 digital resources including lesson plans for each year group, animated presentations, activity worksheets and even its own song; ‘Stay Well This Winter’ to the tune of Hokey Cokey!

Benefits of the pack

  • Ready to use – the materials are ready for immediate use, helping to save time for lesson planning​
  • Easy to access – materials are electronic and stored on an online portal that can be downloaded and printed whenever needed. They have been designed to work with today’s classroom settings (resources are appropriate for white board use) as well as supporting online learning if required.
  • Flexible – some materials in the pack are applicable beyond the winter months and also don’t need to be used collectively, but can be spread out across the term
  • Designed for a variety of learning styles – visual, audio, kinaesthetic ​
  • Suitable for PSHE lessons – created with PSHE lessons in mind​ and as the pack is already planned, targeted and resourced, it can be easily assigned to a teaching assistant to deliver if necessary

Want to find out more?

For more information on the schools pack and how it can be accessed by primary schools in your area, please contact Veena Darbhanga via mlcsu.schoolspack@nhs.net.

 

References

1 – The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment, Public Health England (2014)

2 – Schools for Health in Europe (SHE). School health promotion for effective action. SHE Factsheet 2 (2013) ​​

3 – Promoting health through schools: report of a WHO Expert Committee on Comprehensive School Health Education and Promotion. Geneva: World Health Organisation (1997)