Healthy Lives School Staff Update - West Ham foundation sessions, trauma and bereavement resources, healthy eating lesson plans, active citizenship engagement and food bank appeal!

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The Healthy Lives Team Staff update contains helpful information and activities for all school teaching staff


This is the SCHOOL STAFF newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Wednesday we share school relevant information, lesson plans and resources, which can be used to support the teaching of health and wellbeing. This goes 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 live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We 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

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West Ham Foundation PSHE Health & Wellbeing Activations

West Ham United Foundation have launching new PSHE health and wellbeing activations as part of their Premier League Primary Stars delivery.

These sessions are available for both KS1 and KS2 and will cover topics about:

  • Identifying emotions and feelings
  • Top tips to take care of your own emotions
  • Ways to support others around you

The sessions are free for Tower Hamlets schools. For more information please contact Jill Sapsford at



Traumatic bereavement in children and young people

The UK Trauma Council have launched their second portfolio of  bereavement resources. The free, evidence-based resources are focused on traumatic bereavement in children and young people. We want as many people to access these free resources as possible so that traumatically bereaved children and young people are identified and appropriately supported. The full portfolio is available using the link below.

 Click here >

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Eat Like a Champ

Eat Like A Champ is a free six lesson programme for pupils across the UK, aged 9 to 10 years, that is linked to the curriculum and teaches pupils about healthy eating, physical activity, and sustainability in a fun and exciting way. Registering will give free access to the digital toolkit comprising lesson plans, worksheets, presentations, posters, activity cards and family activity sheets.

Register here >


At the Heart of Communities: Active Citizenship Engagement in Schools

For the past two years, children in Tower Hamlets have been working with children in Finland, Turkey, Spain and Italy to develop skills to strengthen the fabric of their community. This event will showcase their work, as well as the toolkit that emerged from the project towards building stronger communities. The event will be held on the 25th of May from 1.45-2.45pm.

The event will include:

  • Sharing stories of success about the positive interventions in the communities involved in the project
  • Sharing a comprehensive toolkit for schools looking to engage with issues in their community
  • An activity on raising awareness of local issues and community participation/engagement

Register here >


Tower Hamlets food appeal relaunched for local food banks

An emergency food appeal on behalf of 45 food providers and schools in Tower Hamlets has been relaunched to support vulnerable residents to access essentials.  

The appeal, which is asking partners, businesses and residents for financial donations, is in response to the huge rise in demand food provides have seen throughout the course of the pandemic.  People who wish to donate to the council’s emergency food appeal can do so by clicking on the link below. Anyone who would like to help but is unable to support financially can sign up to be a volunteer through the Tower Hamlets Volunteer Centre.

Donate here >

For more information and to sign up >



And remember...


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."


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The Healthy Lives Team

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

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The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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