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Population Health

How to set up a Health Day for trainee teachers

Published: 30 June 2015
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'Setting Up a Health Day for Trainee Teachers: A guide for course leaders' was launched as a publication at the PSHE/ PHE conference, 'Healthy and effective learners: The contribution of Initial Teacher Education'

Schools are an essential setting for promoting the health of young people, with far-reaching impacts on their own future life course and that of their future children. There is also an increasing recognition of the links between pupil health and educational attainment. Health promoting schools can foster healthy behaviours amongst their pupils and staff and this holistic approach to addressing pupil health and well-being includes Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) often taught in unison with other subject areas in a crosscurricula approach. As teachers have daily contact with young people, they are well placed to recognise emerging health problems and are important role models and potential agents of change. Therefore teachers are a vital part of the public health workforce.

Our health programme for trainee teachers is a collaboration between the University’s Education School, Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine & local authority education & public health departments
Jenny Byrne leads

Notes for editors

The development and implementation of a Health and Wellbeing curriculum is now an embedded part of the Initial Teacher Education Courses at the University of Southampton.

Please contact Jenny Byrne ( if you would like a complimentary copy of the publication or further information.

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