Healthy Lives School Staff Update - Mini London Marathon 2021, transition to secondary school resources and tennis & rowing PE lessons for primary schools!

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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

Mini London Marathon 2021

Mini London Marathon 2021

The 2021 Virgin Money Giving: Mini London Marathon in schools is back, taking place in September and October this year, last year over 100,000 children took part. Once you're signed up, children and young people in your school will need to run, jog, walk or wheel 2.6 miles between Monday 27 September and Friday 22 October. The first 500,000 children to take part will receive a free commemorative pin badge and there are lots of resources on the website to help make the event a success. Head over to the website to find out more and sign up today

Access the website and sign up here >

Anna Freud transition to secondary school

Supporting children’s transition to secondary school

The Anna Freud Centre have launched their Moving up! transition animation and toolkit, which is accompanied by the ‘supporting children's transition to secondary school’ booklet for parents and carers. 

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

The booklet provides tips about preparing for or going through the transition to secondary school and how best they can be supported by their parents and carers. It includes guidance, which explains why the transition can be difficult for some children, practical advice such as talking and connecting with the new school, as well as suggested resources that children and parents and carers may find useful.

Moving up! animation >

Transitions booklet >

LTA Youth Schools Programme

LTA Youth Schools Programme- Tennis

The 134th Wimbledon Championships started on Monday, after being delayed by a year. Signing up to the LTA Youth Schools Programme website enables teachers to access detailed tennis PE lesson plans for primary schools, tennis coaching videos, personal development opportunities, assemblies and cross curricular resources from Get Set to Ace it (tennis resources from Team GB and Paralympics).

Access the resources here >


Go Row Indoor Schools

The Go Row website introduces the Olympic sport of rowing, providing fun workouts and activities, virtual challenges and Junior Rowing Leadership awards; while promoting the physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits of rowing. The resources are designed to provide teachers with everything they need to teach indoor rowing, ranging from a library of basic technique videos, through to advanced training. All the resources are linked to the PE National Curriculum (2013) and are designed specifically for 11-16-year-old school children.

Access the lessons here >

And remember...


"So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."

Matilda, Roald Dahl

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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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