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TCS London Mini Marathon

All schools across the UK can be part of the world’s biggest marathon by signing up to the 2022 TCS Mini London Marathon in schools.

The challenge is for children to complete 2.6 miles by running, jogging, walking or wheeling in their school between Monday 26 September and Friday 21 October. Any school can take part and it’s suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s lots of resources on the website and every finisher receives a commemorative pin badge completely free of charge. Find out more and sign up here .

Guidance on physical activity for children and young people with disabilities

The UK Chief Medical Officers have released the first ever guidance on physical activity for children and young people with disabilities aged 2-17 years. There is an:

  • Evidence review - Findings of the health benefits and potential risks of physical activity for children and young people who have disabilities.
  • and an infographic, to summarise the results.
Sugar Smart Barnet

A  Sugar Smart Early Year’s Setting and School is one that takes positive, proactive action against high sugar consumption and raises awareness of the consequences of having too much sugar; for children this includes tooth decay, excess weight, and even type 2 diabetes.

If you have not already signed up to the Sugar Smart Barnet campaign, this is a great time to get involved and pledge to become a Sugar Smart setting. You can sign up on the Sugar Smart website. When you sign up, you will be presented with a list exciting Sugar Smart actions/activities that you can choose for your setting to take part in and record activity for. There is a wealth of national and local support and resources to support your early year’s setting efforts. To explore what is available, please visit the Sugar Smart Barnet website (local) and the Sugar Smart website (national).

Brook's My Life 1-1 Programmes

Brook’s My Life  1-1 programmes are an early help intervention which aim to awaken and enhance young people’s motivation, knowledge  and skill to effectively assess and manage risk, build resilience and improve their own health and wellbeing.

Each programme follows a structure which enables the Brook specialist and the young person to work in partnership to create a bespoke programme which meets the needs of the young person. The sessions combine education on relevant relationships, sexual health and health and wellbeing topics and motivational and coaching activities all of which are selected from a toolkit of quality assured resources.  The My Life programme is a six week programme. The young person must agree to the referral and do not have to take part in the programme if they decide it is not for them.

To make a referral please follow this link

Young Barnet Foundation

Schools in Barnet can now become a Young Barnet Foundation School Partner: 
As we know a child's life is influenced by their home, school and community environments. By working together, Youth Barnet Foundation believe that we can create safer, stronger, more connected communities so all our children and young people thrive - and they want your school to be part of that.

Youth Barnet Foundation are delighted that schools can now join their thriving network of local organisations bringing about positive social change and greater representation for the children and young people of Barnet. There is no charge to join Young Barnet Foundation.

Sign up here to become able to benefit from funded and potential partnership projects with local organisations like BeLifted, Bread n Butter, Chickenshed Theatre and others who are ready to work with schools around the borough of Barnet. Find out more by emailing Tina at

Resilient Schools Programme

Resilient Schools is now at the end of its pilot phase and the programme is firmly embedded into Barnet’s offer for schools.  As part of the universal offer to all schools, they are now able to provide a way for schools to evidence their achievements and display the Resilient Schools Kitemark.  Schools can also achieve the Healthy Schools London Silver and Gold awards through taking part.

To find out more there are a series of 30 minute Resilient Schools Overview meetings in June and July. For more information and to register your attendance, please click on the link.

Contact the Resilient Programme manager Jayne Abbott ( for further information.

Smile Project

The SMILE (School Meals Initiative for Learning Healthy Eating) project seeks to educate and empower KS1 children to make healthy food choices. The two main components of the programme are the roll out of health promoting trays designed to help children eat and learn the correct portion sizes for the main food groups for a healthy balanced diet. Alongside this are the delivery of healthy eating discussions with children and if possible parents. Taking part would of course benefit KS1 children and their parents, but as a school it could also be used for the Healthy Schools London award and contributes towards PHSE healthy lifestyle delivery. If you are interested in your school taking part in this project, please fill in the expression of interest form.  You will be informed if your school meets the eligibility criteria and/or when your school can start the project (as it is run in cohorts).

New Oral Health Promoter - Barnet 0-19 Healthy Child Programme.

This oral health promotion service links in with Children Centres, families, and pupils at Barnet Primary Schools to provide FREE advice to parents around dental health and oral hygiene.

The service includes:

  • Supervised tooth brushing programme in classroom activities to help facilitate tooth brushing skills.
  • Children will be offered ‘Brushing for Life’ packs distributed with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and an information pack for families

For information on the Healthy Child Programme 4 Barnet service

Brain Breaks!

Brain breaks are mental and physical activities to break up a period of concentration. They may be particular useful after spending long periods sitting or using technology. The brain break may be relaxing or energizing, but they are always intended to get the body and mind going and help children focus once they return to normal classroom activities.

This resource from Anna Freud is designed for:

  • children of all ages
  • use with a whole class

Depending of the age of the children, the brain breaks could be used every hour or less for around five minutes. Try to use a variety, and fit them well to the mood and situation. For example, you should choose an active brain break if the previous activity is sedentary, or a maths-related one if you have been studying a different topic.

To download the resource click here

Start Talking Guide

Sex Education Forum together with The Fostering Network have launched their new digital resource to help foster carers navigate relationships and sex education conversations.  
The guide conveys a ‘can do’ message from young people with care experience, and is steeped in practical tips and advice from foster carers.  
This new resource is free to download and will be relevant to foster carers, parents, social workers, virtual school heads, school nurses and educators.

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