Healthy Lives Staff Update - Wednesday 30th September

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


Welcome to the new SCHOOL STAFF newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team!

Each Wednesday we will be sharing school relevant information, lesson plans and resources which can be used to support the teaching of health and wellbeing. This will go out to school contacts only.


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 now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters. 

If you would like further support or details, please contact Kate Smith, Head of Healthy Lives, at


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 and 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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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.

Schools sit together

Schools Sit Together

The Mindfulness in School Project are inviting teachers and students from primary and secondary schools all over the world, who have introduced mindfulness into their schools, to join the team for a mindful sit on Wednesday 7th October at 12pm.

Register here >


Physical Health and Wellbeing Videos

Tower Hamlets is the top performing borough for The Daily Mile and so we would encourage all schools to carry on with this fantastic initiative. The Department for Education have put together a series of videos promoting physical health and wellbeing in schools. It is important to keep children and young people active, even during challenging times. There are also videos ranging from adapting physical activity to make it COVID secure, active travel, active learning, mental health and wellbeing through physical activity, encouraging girls to be active, and a few others.

Active Mile video > Helpful tips >


Planning a mental health and wellbeing INSET day toolkit

An INSET day before the start of any term is a great opportunity for the whole school staff to come together to focus on mental health and wellbeing, ready for the term ahead. This toolkit from The Anna Freud Centre is designed to be a guided INSET day for schools to work through, focused on wellbeing. 

Find out more here >


School Garden Club

The Royal Horticultural Society provides ideas and activities to get children gardening. Content includes an interview with Astronaut Tim Peake and guests who discuss his 2016 rocket seed experiments on the International Space Station. Also, Lee Connelly, shares his top tips to get kids growing vegetables and shows families how to build a small but perfectly formed allotment from a washing bowl.

Click here >

family covid

COVID-19 and the impact on children, families and education settings (revised letter)

Please find revised letter, which was circulated last week for parents and carers providing an update you on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact on children, families and education settings in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Unfortunately the telephone number for our Family Support Service was incorrect and apologies for this and for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please share this letter and flier with your parents and carers. Bengali and Somali versions will be shared early next week

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your school, or you if have any concerns or questions, please contact Tower Hamlets Public Team at

Also being circulated again is the information on  'How to book a test' for display or to hand out. 

Letter for parents > How to book a test >

And remember...


“You never fail until you stop trying.”

Albert Einstein

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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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