Improving Mental & Physical Wellbeing in Schools: Wellbeing in Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence emphasises the importance of nurturing learners to help them develop the knowledge and skills they need for positive mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.’ However, wellbeing often loses out to more easily measured aspects of the curriculum – so how can we ensure we’re nurturing successful people, not just successful learners?

The context

Good health and wellbeing is essential for successful learning for children and young people. These skills will help pupils lead happy, long and healthy lives.

Wellbeing is considered one of the pillars of the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence and is also one of the three key areas highlighted in the Scottish Attainment Challenge – along with literacy and numeracy - for focused improvement to ensure greater equity within the education system. However, statistics around obesity rates along with the rise in children experiencing mental health conditions continues to suggest that we can do more to promote positive health and wellbeing mentalities and practices.

The event

Join Holyrood as we examine how we can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our young people. Sessions will scrutinise issues around mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing – from social development and food literacy to mental health and understanding of substance misuse.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Health and wellbeing in the Curriculum for Excellence and the Scottish Attainment Challenge
  • Existing challenges in the health and wellbeing landscape
  • Embedding respect for food and nutrition-literacy in the learning environment
  • Encouraging pupils to respect and nurture their own mental and physical wellbeing
  • Providing effective and appropriate learning around sexual health and relationships
  • Reconciling wellbeing with the other priorities of Curriculum for Excellence

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Brian Donnelly, Director, Orbis Training and Consultancy

10:05 Session 1: Policy Overview & Latest Developments

  • Health and wellbeing in the Curriculum for Excellence
  • The relationship between good mental wellbeing and physical health
  • Existing challenges in the health and wellbeing landscape
  • Priorities for giving children and young people the best possible start in life

10:05 Personal & Social Education: Providing a consistent and relevant approach for all young people

  • Existing challenges in the health and wellbeing landscape
  • Priorities for giving children and young people the best possible start in life

Monica Porciani, Associate Lecturer in Education, University of Strathclyde

10:35 Questions and Group Discussion

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Improving Physical Health & Wellbeing

  • Embedding respect for food and nutrition-literacy in the learning environment
  • Encouraging greater physical activity through an accessible, inclusive, and engaging culture of activity
  • Providing effective and appropriate learning around sexual health and relationships
  • Create awareness and an open dialogue around potential experiences – from substance misuse to alcohol harm

11:30 The Best Lesson Ever – Responding to young people’s views on sexual health and relationships education

  • Young people’s experiences of the content, delivery and impact of their sexual health and relationship education
  • The challenges and opportunities these present

Rachel Barr, Senior Health Promotion Specialist - Healthy Respect, NHS Lothian

12:00 Food, Activity and Child Health – Which Is The Best Route to Improvement

  • Why a focus on activity?
  • Integration with other interventions
  • What can be done?

Professor Steve Turner, RCPCH Officer for Scotland, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Scotland#

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Improving Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Encouraging pupils to respect and nurture their own mental and physical wellbeing
  • Supporting individuals to become confident in the face of change and make healthy choices
  • Educating children on the impacts of bullying, stress and anxiety
  • The role of parents in supporting mental wellbeing

13:30  Physical Activity and Sport and the impact on our Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Exploring the importance of physical activity and sport on our mental health
  • Across different age groups
  • Making it accessible and breaking down barriers to engaging and participating

Robert Nesbitt, Head of Physical Activity & Sport, SAMH

14:00 Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing

Laura Sharpe, Programme Manager – Education and Young People, SeeMe

14.30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair's closing remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635​

Dates
20 February 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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