Activities and interventions

Activities and interventions

The information below gives examples of interventions and activities that you can use to support your work when filling in the Schools Planning Template.

Substance misuse

Context

  • De normalise substance misuse
  • Stimulate demand for support to quit smoking / access support services
  • Increase access to support services – delivery of brief interventions, actively signpost to support services

Universal interventions

  • Leicestershire Healthy Schools staff training
  • Social Marketing campaign/ materials - Talk to FRANK Drugs education site providing information about the effects of legal and illegal drugs, advice, help and support and details about treatment.
  • Peer education - The use of an informal peer led approaches Peer supporters to diffuse new norms of non-substance misuse behaviour through social networks
  • Whole School Drug policies including drug education & managing drug related incidences - Create a whole-school approach to substance misuse in order to prevent the uptake of, and reduce the prevalence of substance misuse ( including DATE) across the school community.
  • Parental awareness raising sessions & information materials
  • Extended School activities, Library & internet activities
  • HIT Materials & Resources - Range of drug and alcohol resources and publications.
  • The Warning Zone - Leicester based interactive education centre encouraging young people to explore issues around risk, peer pressure, anti-social behaviour and personal responsibility

Targeted interventions

  • Alcohol norms project -Social norm project generating positive normative messages.
  • Tobacco trap project -Smoking prevention project to embed non- smoking as the 'norm' and to encourage young people not to become a 'replacement smoker' (See 'Smoking prevention' intervention sheet for more details).
  • Life Education centre (Primary schools & KS3) - Specially trained and equipped educators who come to your school to deliver lessons to young people about making positive health and lifestyle choices and drug education.
  • Substance Misuse Partnership - Leics & Rutland – Help and support for young people and access to drug and alcohol treatment services which meet their needs, encourage recovery and social re-integration.
  • 'Understanding and managing risk' resource toolkit - Features complete units of work and resources to enable teaching and learning in Risk and Drug Education for KS3 & 4. Also contains a Drug Education toolkit including developing a drug and alcohol policy, managing drug-related incidents and working with young people, parents and governors.
  • Police Youth Involvement officer support
  • Red Cross First Aid (Alcohol related) - Teaching plans and lesson resources to help teach young people to make informed decisions. Offer ways of reducing risk and minimising harm in risky situations and being able to keep safe.

Smoking prevention and stopping

Context

  • De normalise tobacco smoking- Promote smoke free campaigns within community, targeted action against underage sales, action on illicit sources of tobacco & increase number of seizures
  • Stimulate demand for support to quit- use social marketing techniques to inform targeting and delivery of services, positively promote a smoke free lifestyle, increase the number and scope of smoke free environments
  • Increase access to stop smoking services- delivery of brief interventions, actively signpost motivated adults / parents to Stop Smoking Support, increase accessibility of stop smoking support

Universal interventions

Tobacco trap project – includes the following interventions: –

  • Social Marketing campaign- SmokeScreen assemblies- prevent uptake/inflow
  • Peer education- the use of an informal peer led approach. Peer supporters to diffuse new norms of non-smoking behaviour through social networks /Youth Advocacy
  • Normative education campaign – a social norm survey generates positive non-smoking normative messages (De normalise tobacco smoking)
  • Whole School Smoke Free policies- To create a whole-school approach to tobacco in order to prevent the uptake of, and reduce the prevalence of, smoking across the school community
  • Cut Films- Groups of young people produce a 2 minute film and enter into national competition
  • Tobacco Education provision- focusing on wider issues surrounding tobacco e.g. influences on smoking, toxic tobacco industry, illicit sources of tobacco, the cost of smoking, advertising & the media, body image. Use of Toxic Tobacco Truth Teaching pack and Understanding and Managing Risk resource.
  • Parental awareness raising sessions (smoke free homes) encourages them to be involved in homework assignments on tobacco. Step Right Out campaign aims to encourage smokers to 'step right out' of their homes and cars and keep them smoke free.

Targeted interventions

  • Leics Tobacco Free Schools Project - comprehensive smoking prevention project to embed non- smoking as the 'norm' & to encourage young people not to become a 'replacement smoker'
  • Identify smokers & those who want to quit and provide them with Stop Smoking support (signpost/referral)
  • Identify smokers- brief intervention to ascertain 'stage of change' à signpost/referral if appropriate
  • Establish referral pathways-in conjunction with the school nursing service & the Stop Smoking Specialist for young people
  • Stop Smoking support for young people, school staff & families- providing a range of approaches and services
  • Targeted tobacco education- targeting those who are 'at risk' of starting to smoke
  • Clinical intervention- e.g. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

Healthy weight

Context

  • Promote a positive physical activity and food 'culture' within school where eating a healthy balanced diet and participating in physical activity becomes the 'social norm'
  • Adopt the use of a 'whole school' approach where everyone 'buys in' to the promotion and participation of a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop Whole School Food & Physical Activity Policies – create a health promoting environment where the healthier choice becomes the easier choice

Universal interventions

Local network and support team for sport and physical activity in your area. Works together with School Sport & Physical Activity Networks (SSPANs), School Games Organisers, Local Authorities and other key partners to help co-ordinate and deliver sport for young people.

Living Streets' WoW scheme encourages children to walk to school by rewarding them with collectible badges.

Tailored Active Club Packs to make effective programmes for your group.

  • 5-a-day TV - Provides online access to fully demonstrated five-minute exercise routines and language learning resources designed specifically for projection onto classroom whiteboards.

Targeted interventions

  • Family Lifestyle Club (FLiC) - Targeted 8 week programme for children aged 8-13 years and their families, offering guidance about weight management. Sessions include fun active games for children, dietitian led topic discussions for parents and practical food preparation and tasting sessions for both.
  • Food Routes and Big Cook Little Cook Whole school approach supporting, teachers, children and families around healthy balanced nutrition. Compliments the FFLP and provides a 'journey through food', diet, health, food safety plus a follow up 6 week family 'Big Cook Little Cook' practical cookery programme.
  • Follow up with families identified through National Childhood Measurement Programme- referral to a school nurse/ referral to a dietitian - Measures the weight and height of children in reception class and year 6 to assess overweight children and obese levels within primary schools.
  • SAQ International | Speed, Agility, Quickness - Various products including resources, books, DVDs, sports equipment, training courses and awards to encourage young people to participate in sport and physical activity.

Emotional health and wellbeing

Context

  • Provide a supportive, nurturing ethos and environment
  • Provision of support and robust referral for children and young people with additional needs
  • Promote positive emotional health & Wellbeing to help pupils understand and express their feelings, build their resilience and therefore their capacity to learn

Universal interventions

  • Leicestershire Healthy Schools staff training
  • Peer support/ buddy systems
  • R time - Personal and Social Education programme designed for Early Years' Foundation Stage settings and Primary schools. Emphasis is upon creating effective, respectful relationships, improve behaviour, reduce bullying, raise self-esteem and accelerate learning.
  • Circle TimeEnsures that each student gets a chance to contribute and feel valued.
  • SEAL - Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. Curriculum resource to help primary schools develop children's social, emotional and behavioural skills. It includes assemblies and follow-up ideas for work in class.
  • Massage in Schools ProgrammeProgramme developed as an inclusive whole school strategy for reducing children's stress levels, aggression and bullying.
  • EH & W /Anti Bullying/ Behaviour Policy
  • Transition work
  • Creative/Physical Activity approaches
  • Intergenerational work

Bereavement

  • EH & W / Bereavement policy / Guidance
  • Include death and bereavement as topics in PSHE curriculum- losing someone special, changes timeline
  • Creative/Physical Activity approaches
  • The Laura Centre - Based in Leicester the centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care - Offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.
  • Winston's Wish Leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK.
  • YoungMinds - Offers information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Targeted interventions

  • Supporting Leicestershire Families service - Team of family support workers will work directly with vulnerable families to support them to achieve better outcomes and turn their lives around.
  • Pastoral Care Team
  • Anger management/ anxiety management
  • Conflict resolution
  • School nurse drop in
  • Nurture Groups
  • Student Support Services
  • Parenting Programmes
  • Self Esteem/ Transition workshop
  • Worth-it Projects
  • Positive Play - Helps schools develop very positive playing environments by utilising grounds in the most creative, positive and cost effective ways.
  • Children and Young People's Counselling (RELATE)For any young person who's having problems including depression, mental health concerns or issues with parents or people at school.
  • Circle of Friends - Strategy to promote the inclusion into mainstream school of students with disabilities and difficulties.
  • Therapeutic Story Writing
  • Parent Teen Mediation

Bereavement