Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Emotional health and wellbeing incorporates emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Healthy Schools should nurture and develop the social and emotional development of children. It is critical to the social development and educational achievement of children and young people and research shows it has important consequences for health and social outcomes in adult life.
Anti-bullying is the prevention of bullying. Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour repeated often over a period of time or an isolated occasion where someone deliberately intimidates or harasses another. It can be physical, verbal or psychological and it can happen face to face or through cyber space. Healthy Schools address bullying through a whole school approach.
R time (Primary)
R time is a structured relationship programme for children from Early Years Foundation Stage to the end of Primary School. The emphasis is on creating effective, respectful relationships by way of Random Pair work. The essence of R Time's approach is short bursts of planned activities for 10 to 15 minutes, ideally once a week, for a period of 30 weeks each school year. The outcomes are respect; courtesy, good behaviour, reduction of bullying and acceleration of learning, and the children love it!
Negotiate is an extension of R time, the primary school relationship programme, aimed at Key Stage 3, secondary aged pupils. Each 15-20 minute weekly session requires cooperation with a randomly chosen partner. It is based on the principle that by placing students in a well defined and supportive situation, they will develop inter-personal skills and positive relationships. Negotiate provides a forum in which the students can freely explore and share their views on a whole range of relationship, citizenship and world issues.
Health and Wellbeing website for young people
Public Health England has launched the Rise Above website which offers help for young people on how to deal with personal and societal issues. The website aims to build emotional resilience in individuals aged 11 to 16 by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up. It also encourages conversations about the key health and wellbeing issues that affect teens and young people. The website tackles topics such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health.
Good Practice Stories
We are encouraging schools to share stories of Good Practice in any area of their Healthy Schools work to encourage other schools to share creative ideas towards excellent practice and for us all to celebrate their achievements. Please do submit stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your school story when you have achieved a Healthy Schools Enhancement, Heart Mark or any other area of Healthy Schools work.