Healthy Lives - Back to school support from TH, the Department for Education and Anna Freud

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The Healthy Lives Team supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible.

If you're in a school, please share this newsletter using your social media or website using the following share button, or you can click the hyperlink in the top right corner of this email:

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Just to let you know, you're receiving this because you have either opted in to get emails from the council relating to children and education, or you are one of the Healthy Lives team's regular contacts, or you may also have been forwarded this email from your school.

If you know anyone who would like to sign up to this newsletter, please send them the following link. They will need to close the initial pop-up subscription box and complete the one on the main webpage.  They will then need to choose Children and Education as their preferred topic:

Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Here's a selection of fun activities and helpful information for you and your family...

Back to school in TH

Back to school in Tower Hamlets

In September, every child and young person must go back to school. In this film, children, young people, parents, and teachers in Tower Hamlets say what they have missed about school, how they continued learning during lockdown and what they're looking forward to when they go back. 

Tune in >

Back to school comms

Back to school communications pack for schools

The Department of Education (DfE) have created a communications pack with materials to help you inform and reassure parents who are preparing for their children’s return to school.

The pack includes leaflets, images and videos to share with parents on the importance of regular handwashing, advice on travelling to and from school and templates for you to tailor for your school. 

These resources are available to download through Dropbox and the Public Health England communications resources hub

Parents are encouraged to visit for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school. 

School resources > Primary & secondary parent leaflets >

Face coverings in schools

Government advice on face coverings in schools 

The Government have updated advice on face coverings in schools. In areas of England where there is a high transmission of coronavirus, they recommend staff and secondary school pupils wear face coverings where social distancing is difficult to maintain such as corridors and communal areas. 

Updated advice on face coverings >

Support with transition

Moving Up! The transition to secondary school

This animation and accompanying teacher toolkit from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, is aimed at supporting pupils who have recently started Year 7 or who will be preparing to transition to secondary school next year.

They were developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and mental health experts. The animation aims to support pupils to:

  • Identify potential worries associated with starting secondary school
  • Know they're not alone if they are feeling worried 
  • Talk to a trusted adult or friend if they have any concerns
  • Identify solutions and strategies for looking after their mental health, including self-care

   Transition support >

And remember...


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The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at school, work, or at home.

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Coronavirus updates and advice

The council is supporting the nation's efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, while running our most critical services and supporting our residents, including those that are vulnerable.  

We are regularly publishing advice for residents, local businesses and more at 

We are also sharing updates with our subscribers in regular emails, and publishing stories on social media using #TowerHamletsTogether.

Sign up to our 'health and wellbeing - coronavirus' newsletter to get regular updates delivered to your inbox.

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Stay at home

More on staying healthy, happy and entertained at home

In addition to the highlights featured here, the council has put together a whole host of resources to help families and individuals stay happy, healthy and entertained while they spend more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From online Idea Store materials to educational activities, learning a new skill or hobby, taking a virtual museum or zoo tour, keeping fit or just having pure fun, we've got it all in one place.

More activities and resources >

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