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Transforming lunchtime helps improve children’s behaviour and self-esteem

Bellevue Nursery has dramatically improved lunchtimes from being a mess to a success! By introducing crockery, cutlery, vases for flowers and much more, children learnt how to treat these resources carefully, the value of respect and reinforce responsibilities. Encouraging children to develop their conversational and social skills has resulted in happy, confident and independent children. Read more >

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Developing children’s social and emotional skills through community links

Children at Banana Moon Day Nursery regularly visit a local residential care home which benefits both parties. The children are able to develop their social and emotional skills and residents eagerly interact with them. Read more >

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Harnessing pupil voice to build effective anti-bullying strategies

Staff and pupils at Hendy County Primary School overhauled their anti-bullying policies, achieving a zero-tolerance environment in which all pupils feel safe and heard. Read more >

Skills for older learners: the impact of adult community learning on the wellbeing of older learners - January 2012

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The 15 adult community learning (ACL) partnerships across Wales provide lifelong learning for older leaners in the community. But, because the emphasis is on developing skills for employment, this does not suit much older learners, who are more interested in enrichment activities at their stage of life. These activities could be courses in hobby or craft skills or courses that help them to live a healthy life and maintain their wellbeing. Read more >

A survey of the arrangements for pupils' wellbeing and behaviour management in pupil referral units - January 2012

Teaching and support staff in pupils referral units in Wales do a difficult job with pupils whose behaviour is challenging. Generally, they are well trained and are confident when working with vulnerable pupils. However, most pupil referral units need to review and improve their policies, pupil-planning systems, risk assessment and records management. Read more >

Food and fitness in schools: An update - April 2009

Most schools are continuing to do well in assuring the healthy development and wellbeing of pupils, using a wide range of effective strategies to encourage pupils to be healthy. Around half of secondary and special schools have an effective policy on the provision of healthy food and the promotion of physical exercise. Around one third of primary schools have this kind of policy in place. Overall, findings were similar to the 2008 report – ‘Food and fitness in schools: A report on how well schools in Wales support children and young people to be healthy and active’. Read more >

Food and fitness in schools - May 2008

Breakfast clubs in primary schools have had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the pupils who participate. All schools have improved the range of healthy food they offer pupils, but less healthy options are still available. Almost all schools provide opportunities for pupils to learn about healthy living issues as part of the curriculum. However, few schools have adequate facilities to teach pupils how to cook and prepare their own food. Schools that participate in activities such as the Physical Education and School Sports initiative are effective in encouraging pupils to be more active. However, 60% of the schools we surveyed are failing to provide the recommended minimum of 2 hours of physical education a week. Read more >