Health & Wellbeing

Bracknell Forest Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Website Thrive!

The website – Thrive! –  provides information on children and young people’s health and wellbeing.  website Thrive! available at thrive.bracknell-forest.gov.uk. It was developed by Bracknell Forest Council Public Health team in response to a need for a dedicated resource for parents and teachers to support the health and wellbeing of children as well as Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

Children and young people’s health and wellbeing are influenced by a range of physical, mental, social and environmental factors.

Education and health and wellbeing are closely linked. Pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically. The culture, ethos and environment of a school influence the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn. Staff wellbeing also plays a crucial role, as part of a whole school approach.

As of September 2020 (DfE 2019), the government proposes that all pupils will study compulsory Health Education as well as new reformed Relationships Education in primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary school. The new guidance aims to better equip children and young people to be resilient in today’s world, where issues such as cyber bullying and online safety are increasingly significant.

The guidance provides an overview of what children must learn by the end of primary and secondary school. The focus will be on different types of relationships, how to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships, how relationships may affect health and wellbeing, including mental health, as well as healthy relationships and safety online. All of these subjects should be set in the context of a wider whole schools’ approach to support pupils to be safe, happy and prepared for life beyond school. The schools uses the diocesan recommended scheme Ten Ten.

Bracknell Forest Public Health website (Thrive!) brings together information on children and young people’s physical, mental and social health and wellbeing.

Thrive Website is a place for teachers, parents, carers and other professionals to access resources, information and support focusing on health and wellbeing. Resources cover a variety of topics as outlined in the new statutory Guidance around Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, including lesson plans on healthy relationships, online safety, anti-bullying, mental health and emotional wellbeing, resilience, physical health and healthy eating.

Additional resources and features include:

• Bracknell Forest Children & Young People’s Public Health Profiles

• Local stories and case studies of schools improving pupil’s health and wellbeing

• Celebrating young people’s achievements and efforts to improve health and wellbeing

• Bracknell Forest Community Map

• Staff Wellbeing and links to Public Health services

• Links to the local offer

• Links to training on PSHE

• Google language translate and read content