The Being Well Agenda
We need to help create a nation of children who are happy and healthy.
The Being Well Agenda is a new multi-disciplinary project for schools across the UK to help achieve this goal.
"Research evidence shows that education and health are closely linked. So promoting the health and well-being of pupils and students within schools and colleges has the potential to improve their educational outcomes and their health and well-being outcomes."
The link between pupil health and well-being and attainment: A briefing for head teachers, governors and staff in education settings, Public Heath England, 2014
What Is the Being Well Agenda?
It's What you Make It...
In the Autumn of 2015, England's first ever Children's Commissioner, Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green, brought together a working party of interested partners to collaborate on a project to mark his tenure as president of the British Medical Association.
What drives this partnership is a belief in the ability we have to make a genuine difference to the nation's children when the worlds of education, medicine and well-being come together in a spirit of real collaboration.
The Being Well Agenda is what has grown out of that initial meeting. It is not a programme or a training course but the stimulus for a year-long series of activities and events chosen and run by schools across the UK, based around ten important themes. These are themes the partnership identified as the most critical that schools should focus on when it comes to improving the state of children's health and well-being.
The Ten Themes
Food and Drink
How It Works?
We are asking schools throughout the UK to commit to a series of well-being related activities across the school year 2016 - 2017.
These activities will be based around the ten themes above, one per month. The exact nature of what these activties are is entirely down to the individual schools involved. They can be as large and ambitious or as small and manageable as is appropriate.
We are on hand to give you ideas and support but it is completely down to you what you do. And when we say 'you', we mean you and the children in your school, after all, according to Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
'Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.'
In other words, do things with children not for them or to them.
All we ask is that you commit to the ten themes across the year and then share with us and other schools the sorts of things you have been doing - and how they are positively affecting the well-being of your children, their teachers and the wider school community.
Who We Are
Evolve - 'We work closely with schools to enhance children’s academic achievement by bringing together mentoring, physical activity and classroom support. What drives us is the belief that prioritising physical health and emotional well-being will transform a generation.'
Family Links - 'We deliver innovative, high quality training and resources to health and social care services, third sector organisations, schools and universities. We want to give every child the best chance in life.'
Coram Life Education - 'We are a group member of Coram, the UK’s first ever children’s charity, and we bring health and wellbeing learning to life. Last year over 675,000 children learned about making positive health and lifestyle choices with us.'
Independent Thinking - 'For over twenty years, we have been helping schools help young people be better, both in the classroom and beyond. Our written mission has always been "To enrich people's lives by changing the way they think - and so to change the world" It's what teachers do.'
A Celebration 'Inside Out Conference' Event in 2017
For July 2017 we are planning a celebration event where the schools involved in the trial across the UK can come together to share what they have done and the impact it has had. In true 'inside-out' style, the children and their teachers will be the stars of this event with the experts and policy makers the ones on the receiving end for a change!
Let's Start Now
When it comes to physical and emotional well-being, the UK's children have some of the worst outcomes in the developed world.
But it doesn't have to be that way and there are so many little things that can be done to help make it different.
We look forward to working with you to make that difference.
Tell Us About It:
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