The Health Ambassador programme is our flagship CPD for teachers in primary schools, available to access online from October 2020. Ideally suited to subject leaders of PSHE, PE, Science and Design Technology, this popular training programme has so far supported 150+ subject leaders in the UK to offer “health and wellbeing” as a curriculum subject in their schools. This is the perfect course for any passionate subject leader of health and wellbeing outcomes, and is especially appropriate if you wish to include health and wellbeing leadership in your Performance Management Review. We typically see PSHE, PE co-ordinators and Mental Health and Wellbeing leads join, but also encourage co-ordinators of DT, Science, Healthy Schools and Special Educational Needs (SENCo) to join this training programme.
The course covers 5 key modules, and is written as a long-term CPD programme. Teachers can access the training online at their own pace – with an average module covering 2-3 hours of content. Traditionally we delivered this course in person, over two days, with follow up webinars and support calls. We will be offering equivalent support in the form of an online, secure ‘community’ where teachers can learn from others’ experiences, complete tasks and receive consultancy support.
Cost: £149 per school, total (1-4 members of staff from the same school may join the programme for this total price – see below for more details) OR £399 for our complete Academy package which includes this course
Duration: Follow the programme at your own pace.
Included in the programme:
- 5 module online course
- review & action planning tool
- online community
- consultancy support
Sign up: As we are launching in October 2020, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for early registration and an ‘early bird’ discount!
The Health Ambassador Course online has 5 in-depth modules, and can be followed at your own pace. The course is delivered with video tutorials, articles to read, and resources to help you personalise the programme for your school. We would estimate that you will need a time commitment of approx 2-3 hrs per module, and then as much time as you choose to complete the tasks. We will support you in our ‘Health Ambassador Community’ throughout the course, answering your questions and celebrating your successes. Our experienced Health Ambassadors can also support you – you’ll be joining a group of passionate educators who are all doing different things with what they’ve learnt – there’s so much to gain from their experience! Once you’ve completed all modules and tasks, you will be issued with a certificate.
Module 1 – Introduction
- Getting to know our philosophy and the four pillars of health
- How we’ll help you to develop without overwhelming you
- Teacher expectations and boundaries
- The holistic nature of health and wellbeing
- Broad concepts underpinning health and wellbeing education: Health Literacy, Physical Literacy and Emotional Literacy
Module 2 – Health and Wellbeing Education in England
- Health and wellbeing in the national curriculum subjects of PE, science and design technology (cooking and nutrition)
- PSHE and the new relationships and health curriculum
- How Ofsted may inspect health and wellbeing
- Healthy Schools and the PE and School Sport Premium funding
Module 3 – Starting your work as leader(s) of Health and Wellbeing
- Building your curriculum and enrichment team
- Working with the whole school community
- Nurturing your own health and wellbeing
- Getting to know what your pupils, staff and families need
- Planning to meet the needs of your whole school community
Module 4 – Creating your health and wellbeing curriculum and wider offer
- Knowledge, skills and attitudes in your health and well being programme
- How our resources can support your approach
- Ideas and subject knowledge for teaching ‘nurturing mindsets’, ‘nourished eating’, ‘mindful movement’ and ‘balanced lifestyles’
- How the four pillars of health can be linked across the curriculum
Module 5 – Preparing to launch and evaluating impact
- Writing your vision and mission statements
- Prioritising your actions
- Ideas for launching your renewed vision for health and wellbeing to the whole school community
- Evaluating your progress and celebrating impact
- Looking ahead
Review & Action Planning Tool
Our helpful online tool – when you join the programme, simply review each statement (red, amber, green) and select whether you’d like to add this to your action plan. The online tool will automatically create a bespoke action plan for your school, which can be adjusted according to your needs. The action plan is designed to be revisited each term, and updated to show development in your subject leadership. This could be used as evidence for your Performance Management Review if it’s helpful.
This review and action planning tool includes all Ofsted expectations of subject leadership, takes into account changes in the curriculum, and is based around our five key areas of impact: Whole School; Subject Leadership; Curriculum; Environment and Community. We will guide you to use this during the course.
You will be invited to join our exclusive Subject Leader community within our CHP Academy site. Here you can join discussion groups, post your successes, ask questions and meet all other Health Ambassadors.
We will hold half-termly ‘‘Mastermind’ sessions online – focussing on one topic in particular (for example, healthy lunchtimes/mental health/working with families/including nutrition in our cooking programmes), meet in a video call and share ideas, support with issues and look ahead to even better practice. It is optional whether you are a participant or just a viewer.
Within the Community, Ilse will hold regular video conferencing sessions, offering support with:
- popular health and wellbeing topics – subject knowledge, research, ideas etc
- the online learning programme – there will be a support group for each module so you can return to FAQs and ask questions specific to your needs
- suggestions of how to identify your school needs and how to personalise the programme to your school
- checking your paperwork if you need us to
- Ofsted – if you need to speak to us for support/encouragement before an Ofsed visit, we will support you. There will be many other teachers who have already experienced an Ofsted Deep Dive there to share their experiences as well.
Of course, if you’d prefer us to just let you get on with it, this is all optional! Our sole mission is to improve health and wellbeing education for primary aged pupils, and we do this by up-skilling teaching staff who are designing, leading and teaching the health and wellbeing curriculum.
Testimonials from our current Health Ambassadors:
“The training was brilliant and I would definitely recommend others to go on this course. Ilse was very enthusiastic and passionate about this Project which made me personally feel that it can be a success and the positive effects it could have for all children was inspiring. I love that health and wellbeing is captured as a whole rather than only the highly advertised ‘exercise and eating well’ and feel this course will allow our school to give a greater focus on the mindset and lifestyle aspects to strive towards having healthy children in body and mind, setting them up as best we can for the future.”
Nicole Cooper, Kessingland Primary
“I found the learning amazing. Ilse is fantastic and so inspirational and passionate. We will definitely be rolling this out on a 2/3 year plan and I hope to change the philosophy of our children with this exceptional tool.”
Alison Hudson, Reepham Primary School
“This has been the best training course I have been on in the whole 6 years of teaching. I left feeling very enthusiastic and equipped to share the knowledge I gained.”
Lydia Reed, Lionwood Junior School
“The training was fantastic. I learnt so much about myself as well as us as a school, and how we can have an impact on children’s health. The training was practical and realistic with children’s health always at the heart. I have gained so much valuable knowledge and feel even more excited to have the Project running in my school.”
Suzan Shepperson, Barnham Primary School
“I would definitely recommend this to other schools. I came away feeling very enthused and can’t wait to share with school, build the vision and then implement it in school building a better future for our children.”
Louise Colledge, Parkwood Academy
“The quality of training was excellent, I would highly recommend this training to other schools. Ilse was fantastic at explaining the elements of the Health Project and how the scheme of work will nurture the health of the children and staff in our schools. I feel totally supported by Ilse and the rest of the Health Ambassadors and feel very enthusiastic and excited to introduce this to the rest of the staff and children at school.”
Frances Fuller, Fairfield Infant School
Who leads the Health Ambassador programme?
Ilse Brockling, our Founder and CEO wrote the initial programme 3 years ago, and has been updating and refining it ever since. All videos in the training are hosted by Ilse and all articles, resources and tools have been created by her. The Community will be hosted by several people from within our Project – all qualified and experienced professionals. We are a relatively small organisation, so you will soon familiarise yourselves with us during the programme. We pride ourselves in getting to know each one of the teachers on our Health Ambassador programme, and keeping in touch with them.
Ilse has been working as an education consultant for 5 years, with a previous Primary teaching background and specialism in PE, PSHE and Healthy Schools of 12 years. Ilse has led training at international, national and county level and has since up-skilled in nutrition, mindfulness and movement practices.
Who is this training for?
Primary school staff who are leading curriculum subjects relating to areas of health and wellbeing. Most suitable for subject leaders of PSHE, new Relationships & Health Education, PE, Science, Design Technology (nutrition and cooking) and SENCos. Many schools now have mental health leads, wellbeing leads, Healthy Schools co-ordinators – all would be encouraged to take this online course.
We invite up to four subject leaders from your school to take the course. The cost of the online course includes the places for 1-4 people from the same school. We encourage subject leaders to work as a team, so would recommend building a cross-curricular team that would most suit your setting.
We already have a health and wellbeing programme – could this still be for us?
Something we often get asked is whether this has to take the place of other health and wellbeing programmes – it definitely doesn’t – it’s been written to complement other programmes, and is focussed on up-skilling the subject leader to improve health and wellbeing education in school. We encourage schools to use serval health and wellbeing programmes to enrich the pupils learning journey.
Do we have to implement all the ideas from the programme?
Certainly not – the purpose of the Health Ambassador programme is to up-skill the subject leader to decide what the school needs, and how to meet those needs. We have no expectation on which resources you use to meet the needs of your pupils and staff. In many ways, this is what makes this course quite unique – it’s about the subject leader themselves, less so about ‘following a scheme of work’. Even if you were to join our CHP Academy, you can still then dip into our lesson plans and use them as you see fit, combined with other resources you have, to create a robust health and wellbeing programme.
I am an International Teacher, or teach in Scotland/Ireland/Wales – could this still work for me?
The programme itself can support any teacher, anywhere. Most of the programme will be appropriate for ALL schools. The only module that is written specifically for English schools is the ‘Landscape’ module. In many ways, we discuss a new kind of curriculum – a cross curricular, holistic curriculum, which is focussed on the whole child and helping them get to know their own health and wellbeing needs. If we refer to a ‘national curriculum’ it will often be the English NC, however, our programme really looks at building on the foundation of any curriculum, and going over and above its basic requirements. Seeing as we guide you to understand your school’s needs and how to manage your setting to meet the pupils’ health and wellbeing needs, we can support you to do this, whatever your setting. So far we have trained two schools in Scotland and one International school in mainland Europe. We welcome you to get in touch and discuss the programme with us.
I teach pupils who have special needs, would this be appropriate for me?
Yes, most definitely. If you are signing up to our CHP Academy, with lesson plans and resources as well, you will be able to elect which lesson plans meet the needs of your pupils. Ultimately, you know your pupils best – and this is what the course is all about – supporting you as the subject leader to meet their needs and inspiring a new approach to health and wellbeing education. See the question above also as this may be relevant for you. We have Health Ambassadors from schools with varying specialisms, and we are sure they would support you with following the programme with your pupils unique needs in mind.
Are there any hidden costs – why is the course so reasonable?
No hidden costs at all. The training course, action planning tool and community are available to you, and 3 other subject leaders from your school, for as long as you need. As a Community Interest Company (not-for-profit) we are focussed on reaching as many schools and pupils as possible. Yes we have to cover our costs, but we do not have share-holders, so we are not led by profit-making. We have found that delivering training online is much more cost efficient, and allows us to have a wider impact. The cost of the online course therefore reflects this.
Can I share the cost with other schools, for example within my Academy chain?
Unfortunately not – the cost of £149 is for 1-4 subject leaders from a single school. We are able to monitor this, but trust each school’s honesty so this doesn’t become an issue. If you would like to speak to us about group bookings, we are a reasonable bunch and will try to accommodate your needs!
I lead many schools within my County, Sports Partnership or Academy Trust, how can we get involved?
We have worked with many LA groups, SSPs and Academy Trusts over the years and tend to tailor our training and resources to their needs (where possible). Contact Ilse email@example.com to discuss group pricing and how this could fit into your current programmes.
Do we receive lesson plans and teaching resources as well?
The online Health Ambassador programme does not include our Scheme of Work or online resources in the Academy. If there are aspects of the Academy we think will support Health Ambassadors needs, they will be used in the course. We found that many Headteachers were put off by the previous pricing that included all of our lesson plans and resources, so we’ve tried to accommodate every school’s financial restraints by separating the packages and creating lower price points. If you would like access to the Scheme of Work and other resources in the full CHP Academy, you can upgrade at any time for an additional £259 (speak to us to see if we have any offers coming up).
Is there a follow-up course?
Yes! Our Health Leader course acts as the second phase for the subject leader programme. More details coming soon.