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Please click on a topic heading for more information and for signposting to some key, relevant resources to help support your work in school

Whole school approach

A whole-school approach is required to gain Healthy School Status and involves all parts of the school working together and being committed to improving health and wellbeing for all.  It requires partnership working between senior leaders, teachers and all school staff, as well as pupils, parents, carers and the wider community.

YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Provides practical guides and tools to support your school to take a whole school approach to wellbeing. 

Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured mental health resources, information & advice for schools and further education settings. 


PSHE education helps children and young people to be safe, healthy and prepared for life's opportunities. 

The PSHE Association is the national body for PSHE education, supporting a national network of 50,000 teachers and schools to teach the subject. They offer guidance, training, teaching resources and advice.

Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)  and Drug & Alcohol Education

Oral Health 

The Oral Health Foundation offers a full range of resouces for every key stage, as well as opportunities to become a Dental Buddy or find one in your local area.

Road Safety


Healthy Weight

Healthy Eating 

Guidance and resources to help schools plan and provide healthy food in schools from the Department for Education (DfE)

These school food standards are designed to help children develop healthy eating habits, and ensure they have energy and nutrition they need to get the most from their school day. The food-based standards specify which  types of food should be served at school and how often.

Food - a fact of life (FFL) is a comprehensive, progressive education programme which communicates up-to-date, evidence-based, consistent and accurate messages around food to all those involved in education

Food for Life brings schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, and their surrounding communities together around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food

The classroom cooking toolkit is full of great ideas to help you teach cooking with cooking FAQs and essential safety tips


Physical Activity

StreetGames is one of the UK’s leading ‘sport for development’ charities – changing lives and transforming communities through the power of sport.  Their mission is to transform the lives of young people living in low-income, underserved communities through sport and physical activity.

Rise is a charity funded and supported by Sport England, working with a network of 42 Active Partnerships. Their vision is to create a higher quality of life for communities that need it most across Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, through harnessing the power of physical activity.

The Youth Sport Trust is a UK children's charity focusing on the importance of play and sport within the education and development of young people. Aiming to equip educatoris and empower young people to achieve their potential both in the classroom and their life, through the life-changing benefits of play and sport.

Funded by DfE, HAF provides support to children in receipt of free school meals during school holiday periods. HAF offers a great choice of opportunities to keep children and young people active and entertained, enabling them to have fun and experience new things during the school holidays. whilst providing nutritious food and drink.


Wellbeing and Mental Health

Every Mind Matters is part of the Better Health campaign, aiming to kickstart our health. The Better Health Website (Public Health England) provides advice and guidance for educators on how to use the Every Mind Matters resources, and other relevant content, to support students' mental wellbeing. Resources include flexible, ready-to-use content co-created with teachers and young people, to help teach PSHE, RHE and RSHE to upper KS2, KS3 and KS4. 

Newcastle United Foundation is an independent charity using the power of football to connect, motivate and inspire people in the region. Through community education, health and wellbeing, and sports programmes, they strive to improve physical and mental health, boost learning and career prospects and provide life-changing opportunities for everyone. 

Kooth is a free, safe, anonymous mental wellbeing service for children and young people available 7 days a week. It offers children and young people aged 11-25, immediate access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced accredited counsellors. 

Anna Freud is a world leading mental health charity that works in collaboration with children and young people, their families and communities and mental health professionals to help transform children and families' mental health.