What F4L Offers
The Facts4Life Approach
Facts4Life is a free health resilience programme that is, as far as we are aware, unique in its approach. It is funded by NHS and local government resources (Gloucestershire CCG and Gloucestershire County Council). It starts from the premise that is healthy to learn about illness. It is from an interest in their own body and knowledge of what happens when we become ill that children will naturally explore strategies for their wellbeing that include nutrition, physical activity and mental health.
Facts4Life in the Curriculum
Facts4Life currently offers a programme for children in reception class through to year 6. We are also developing materials that can be used at Key Stage 3 in secondary schools.
The lesson materials that we now offer are designed to be delivered on a cycle, so that ideas introduced in reception are developed further in years 1/2 and so on up the school. We include assembly materials so that the key ideas of Facts4Life can be underpinned and referenced across the whole school.
Many schools have introduced the materials as a 6 week unit of work for one or two hours a week. Others have developed further into a topic based approach that crosses the curriculum or included in an intensive health week in Term 5 or 6.
The Facts4Life Challenge offers the opportunity for children to identify an area of their own health that they wish to focus on, to record their actions over a 30 day period and achieve a bronze, silver or gold award depending on their success in meeting the challenge. It can be used as a vehicle to measure the impact on children’s behaviours as well as whole school change.
Benefits to Schools
Facts4Life complements key elements of the Science and PSHE curriculum and supports the delivery of the GHLL PinK curriculum. The central ideas within the resource normalize the occurrence of illness and help to create a climate for mental health issues to be addressed. It can be used to promote good attendance. Teachers tell us that it helps them to get to know their pupils better through creating a climate where it’s safe to discuss their feelings.
Facts4Life promotes coping strategies to manage risk and in this way facilitates an openness about safeguarding. The programme supports schools in the OFSTED judgement on Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare through its emphasis on teaching children how to stay healthy.
We currently run regular free training programmes for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 teachers which include a half day’s support for teachers back in school. We can also train the whole staff on INSET Days or within twilight sessions upon request. We are involved in the Stroud area mental health pilot (Future in Mind) providing training for participating schools.
Training events are regularly advertised in publications such as HeadsUp and SENCOspot.