Healthy Lives Staff Update - Wednesday 21 October - High alert in London, flu vaccine, young carers and free PSHE resources

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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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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

High alert

Help to understand the local alert levels

The Prime Minister has recently introduced a three-tiered system of local COVID alert levels in England. These levels comprise of medium, high and very high risk, setting out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area.

To help support this, HM Government has developed new resources for all tiers. This includes co-branded and adaptable materials to be tailored to your area:

London has now been placed at high alert.

If you have questions on these or any other resources contained on the Coronavirus Resource Centre please feel free to get in touch with the partnerships team:

Coronavirus Resource Centre >

Flu vaccine

Children’s Flu Vaccine

The children's flu vaccine is safe and effective. It's offered every year as a nasal spray to children to help protect them against flu which they spread easily. Vaccinating them also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.

The spray is squirted up each nostril and contains a processed form of pork gelatin (porcine); it is highly purified and broken down into small molecules to ensure that the vaccine remains safe and effective during storage.

 Find out more >

Young carers

Support for Young Carers in Tower Hamlets

A Young Carer is a person aged 18 or under who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member suffering from:

  • a long-term illness/condition
  • a physical or learning disability
  • a drug or alcohol problem
  • a mental health condition

The Young Carers Project is run by Tower Hamlets Youth Service and is a project which aims to provide young carers the opportunity to take a break from the daily responsibilities of being a carer by interacting with others facing similar challenges.

For more information please contact: Sorrel Norwood, Young Carers Participation Worker Tel: 020 7364 4091 Email:

More information >

Drug and alcohol resources

Free drug & alcohol education packs

The PSHE Association have launched free drug and alcohol education packs for both primary and secondary schools. The drug and alcohol schemes of work for key stages 1-4 have been developed for Public Health England.

The packs include lesson plans and resources for each key stage as well as a comprehensive teacher guidance document, and a briefing on the evidence base underpinning effective drug and alcohol education.

Access here >

PSHE and reading

Free PSHE talks on using story in PSHE

When was the last time you read a good story? In this new PSHE Talks series from the PSHE Association, Nick Boddington; PSHE pioneer and founding member; reflects on the role of story in the subject, and how it can be utilised to deliver safe, effective and captivating lessons in both primary and secondary settings.

Episode one explores how to choose and use stories for a range of PSHE topics including examples for inspiration.

Episode two considers ways of deconstructing a story, including using case studies and timeline in order to help explore issues and strategies in PSHE.

Listen to both episodes >

And remember...

Mo Farah

"It's important you think positively not negatively. Think about your loved ones and all the people who are behind you."

Olympic Gold Medallist Mo Farah

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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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