This half term's highlights include ideas to support your pupils' mental wellbeing and active travel opportunities, as well as events to help your pupils stay active.

Mental wellbeing resources

The Anna Freud Centre have put together a toolkit for primary schools to help pupils express their emotions and discuss their mental wellbeing. The free materials will help teachers gather pupil voice, discuss health with young people, and identify mental wellbeing needs. 

Access the Secondary Mental Health Toolkit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

   

With 1 in 5 children persistently absent and vulnerable groups far more likely to be missing more school, attendance remains a key priority for schools. In this new blog, learn how The Tapscott Learning Trust is tackling attendance challenges through focusing on  children's health and happiness.

Read how The Tapscott Learning Trust are improving attendance through a focus on health and happiness.                                                                                                                                                                                             

#LetGirlsPlay biggest ever football session

On Friday 8th March 2024, the Biggest Ever Football Session is back  The aim is to get as many girls as possible in school all playing football on the same day, so whether you play at lunchtime, in a lesson or after school, this is an event not to be missed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

PE Life Skills Award

The PE Life Skills Award allows you to assess and recognise pupils for building skills in PE that impact on their resilience, collaboration, leadership, independence and confidence.  With programmes specifically designed for secondary and SEND pupils, each one is fully accredited by Leadership Skills Foundation, so pupils are recognised with formal awards for their progress.                              

Learn more or register for the PE Life Skills Award.

Active Travel opportunities

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is the UK’s largest inter-school walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling challenge. It inspires pupils to make active journeys to school to improve air quality in their neighbourhood.  This year it takes place from 11 - 22 March - it's free to take part and there are daily prizes to be won, as well as curriculum linked lesson plans, assembly presentations and an inclusivity guide.

Register to take part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

This year's Walk to School Week will take place between 20 - 24 May.  Over 1,000 schools and nearly 300,000 pupils took part last year.  It is a great opportunity to get moving and encourage your pupils to be more active and reach their minimum 60 minutes of exercise per day.

Register your interest and access the brand packs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Why not join in the WOW badge design challenge for Walk to School Week this year?  Children are being encouraged to walk with imagination and design a badge that shows a different walk to school.  Winning designs will receive a trophy and up to £500 free WOW resources for schools.  Teachers can also download certificates for all pupils who enter the challenge.

Learn more or register for the WOW badge challenge.

Positive Energy Grants

Paralympics GB, Team GB and British Gas have joined forces to launch a new competition to design a sustainable school of the future.  Aimed at children aged 5-11. the competition aims to introduce pupils to themes around renewable energy and sustainable living.  The winning entrant will be awarded £15,000 with four runners up receiving £2,500 each.  The deadline for entries is 28th March.

Register to enter and access the free resource.


If you have any questions or would like further support for your pupils, please contact Claire Mansfield.