The ‘Cohort Progress Overview’ document which is widely used in B&NES as a tool to support identification of the risk and protective factors which may impact on children’s learning and development. Many of you have fed back to us that this is a useful document so we have reviewed and updated this in line with current research, making some slight changes to the ‘risk indicator’ groups. The updated version is available, at no cost, as a downloadable resource on the online Hub. If you are not already familiar with this please take a look. The contextual information enables you to monitor the progress of children in one or more of the ‘risk indicator’ groups, who may be vulnerable to underachievement and benefit from more focused planning and additional support to make progress in their learning and development.
Healthy Eating - Resources
There are more food related ideas in the Early Years Gardening and Nature Exploration toolkit on the Being Active page.
Being Active - Resources
There are also lots of practical, active ideas in the Early Years Cookery and Foodplay Toolkit on the Healthy Eating page.
Boys in Mind
Boys have been identified as a vulnerable group based on both national and local data, including suicide data, referrals to CAMHS, fixed term and permanent exclusions and support from the school nurse and other support services. The 'Boys in Mind' strategy aims to identify ways in which schools and other settings can be supported to meet the mental health and well-being needs of boys and young men, who are less likely to seek support when they are struggling and are more likely to be excluded from school. Suicide is the leading cause of death among men and women aged between 20 and 34 years of age in England and Wales with males having considerably higher rates than females. The main aims of the strategy are to:Raise awareness of the effects of gender conditioning and stereotyping on the behaviour of boys and young menSeek ways to reduce stigma around mental illness and poor well-being amongst boys and young menExplore ways of encouraging help-seeking and help-giving behaviour amongst boys and young men, ultimately to prevent suicide.Activities to date have included:Meetings with school leadership teamsWhole staff training Boys / young men’s focus groups in each schoolTraining Sessions for TAs and parentsExploring the arts and media to spread key messagesUsing local young male ambassadors / role models Boys in Mind is supported by the charity - the Charlie Waller Memorial trust