What Facts4Life Offers
“The delivery of the training was really slick and focused. I was fascinated by the ‘Sciency’ bit at the start of the presentation as it put the Facts4Life work in context. The presence of a GP and Paediatrician gave the programme credibility. It was a great starting point for us to rethink our PSHCE programme with current up to date thinking and issues that relate to the children of today.” Lynne Bailey, Cheltenham Headteacher
The Facts4Life Approach
Facts4Life is a free health resilience programme that is, as far as we are aware, unique in its approach. It is currently funded by the NHS (Gloucestershire CCG). We start 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 offers a programme for children in Reception class through to Year 6 in the primary curriculum and across Key Stage 3 in the secondary curriculum.
Primary Curriculum: 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 them further into a topic based approach that crosses the curriculum or included them in an intensive health week in Term 5 or 6. We also offer additional on-line materials focusing specifically upon Mental Health, as well as a framework and materials for the delivery of Relationships and Sex Education in the primary school.
To support schools with their implementation of the mandatory provision of Relationships, RSE and Health Education (DfE Statutory Guidance Sept 2020), we have created a Delivery Overview guide that details how our resources can be used to navigate a pathway through the requirements (click on the image below).
Secondary Curriculum: The resource covers different aspects of health resilience and includes 9 modules with additional on-line materials focusing specifically upon support for Mental Health. The modules can be delivered flexibly within an hour’s PSHE lesson or within tutor time, either across a single year or within a cyclical PSHE curriculum across KS3. Themes include chance and choice, personal responsibility and recognition of the range of normality.
In both primary and secondary schools, our two Facts4Life Challenges: The Facts4Life Activity Challenge and the Facts4Life Wellbeing Challenge, offer the opportunity for children to identify an area of their own health and/or wellbeing that they wish to focus upon, 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. Either 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 has clear links to PE and DT when considering healthy lifestyles. The central ideas within the resource normalise 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 teachers which include a half day’s support for teachers back in school. We also train the whole staff on INSET Days or within twilight sessions upon request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Training events are regularly advertised in publications such as HeadsUp and SENCOspot.