Health & Wellbeing Resources
During this time of uncertainty and change, health and wellbeing is more important than ever! Which is why we want all of our followers to be able to access some important resources through our Health & Wellbeing Programme. If your school is affiliated to the Health & Wellbeing Service then you can log into the Health & Wellbeing website here. However if you're a parent/carer or a Gateshead school not affiliated to the Health & Wellbeing Service then you can find some great resources below:
Government School Guidance
You can find the updated Government school guidance for re-opening in September here.
Under Curriculum, Behaviour & Support there is more specific guidance around Emotional Health & Wellbeing, the curriculum in relation to PSHE and also pastoral support for pupils returning to school.
NEW Change4Life - Our Healthy Year Resources
The new Our Healthy Year Calendars, for Reception and KS1 and KS2, can support young people to build healthier habits this year. The flexible, downloadable calendars can be used in the classroom or via remote learning to inspire pupils to eat well, move more, and be mindful of their wellbeing - wherever they are.
The calendars are interactive and link to the PSHE and Relationships and Health Education curricula. They include fun facts, jokes and challenges such as making up a dance or seeing how many different colours of the rainbow your pupils can eat for lunch!
5 Ways To Wellbeing
The Five ways to wellbeing are simple things that we can all do to improve our emotional health and wellbeing:
Connect: Spend time with family and friends. Enjoy doing things together and talking to each other.
Be active: It keeps you physically healthy, and makes you feel good
Keep learning: Try something new. Try a new hobby, or learn about something just because it interests you.
Take notice: Take a break to see how you feel. Relax and look around you or listen to music, take a few deep breaths.
Give: Do something for a friend or relation/adult, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!
BBC Bitesize Parent Support Toolkits
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week BBC Bitesize have extended their parent's toolkit with various tips on how to support your child's wellbeing. You can find advice, support and resources for both primary school children and secondary school children here.
British Red Cross 'School's Out' Summer Support Pack
The summer holidays might look a little different this year in light of COVID-19. To support children and young people, and to help keep them entertained, British Red Cross are sharing weekly activities linked to their kindness calendar. These quick activities encourage simple acts of kindness, build resilience and cover topics such as mental wellbeing and loneliness that will help children and young prepare to go back to school. You can access all of their summer activities and resources here.
Mentally Healthy Schools Coronavirus Anxiety & Returning to School Toolkits
Mentally healthy schools have put together toolkits full of resources to help children, parents, staff and carers improve their wellbeing during this difficult time. They have aso produced a toolkit around getting ready to return to school in September.
NSPCC Learning Resources
The NSPCC have a wide range of resources on their website to advise and support parents/carers during the Coronavirus Crisis - you can access these here. The 'Transition Back to School' resources are also particularly relevant and useful at the moment which you can find here.
RNLI Summer Safety Resources
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Water Safety Team have produced some very useful information and resources to improve safety on and beside the water.
Education resource pack - Educating young people about how to keep safe, in on and around water is fundamental to saving lives at sea and a core part of the RNLI’s water safety activity. This term they have put together two downloadable packs of resources focusing on keeping safe this Summer. This will help your teams engage young people with essential – and lifesaving – water safety lessons in schools and as part of home school packs.
Water Safety from Home resources - Parents or teachers looking for ways to engage, educate and entertain your children at home, play the RNLI Water Safety Wednesday series – perfect for primary school-aged children.
RNLI & MCA’s Beach Safety Campaign - Beach lifeguards cannot be everywhere this summer – it is vital every one of us takes responsibility for our own, and our families’, safety.
Other Resources / Mindfulness & Wellbeing Apps
Calm is a wellbeing and mindfulness app that lets you create a 'happier, healthier you'. You can find out more and create an account on their website here.
Fingerprint For Success (9 Mindfulness Exercises)
With substantial evidence pointing to the benefits of mindfulness, you might want to give it a try. To get you started, Fingerprint For Success have developed 9 Mindfulness Exercises including favorite mindfulness exercises from various health care professionals. Test them out to shake off that Covid stress! You can access the full list of exercises here.
Gateshead Education Support Service
The Gateshead Education Support Service provides a range of advice and supporting resources around transition, anxieties around school, behaviour support and supporting children with social, emotional and mental health needs. You can visit their website and also find COVID specific advice here.
Headspace as an app that focusses on the benefits of meditation. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple, teaching you life-changing mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day. You can find out more and create an account on their website here.
The ongoing situation around COVID can be unnerving and challenging and has maybe increased anxieties or other issues that you would likto get some advice on. The NHS have a wide range of 'Self-Help' Leaflets that you can find on a variety of topics available on their website here.
Rise North East
The RISE team works with young people in schools across Newcastle and Gateshead to help support their emotional and mental wellbeing. School is full of positive and negative experiences. School life can be especially difficult when people experience added pressures, whether school related or in their personal life. All young people from across Newcastle and Gateshead are eligible for help and support from the RISE team. You can find out more about Rise here.