The SOLAR Service provides a unique range of character development and enrichment services all in one place.
SOLAR offers resources, consultancy, training and experiences. We aim to develop children and young people through challenge, teamwork, personal attainment and social interaction using our engaging activities.
Through offering experiences that extend learning in and beyond the classroom to new contexts and challenges we can help young people to
- grow in confidence
- learn to work together
- make healthy lifestyle choices
- manage risk
- develop important social and life skills
Summary of our services
- Sport: School Sport Nottingham, Why Nott? Coaching, School Swimming, National Ice Centre Programmes
- Outdoor Learning: Offsite Visit Approval (EVOLVE), Guidance, Training and Support
- Life Skills: Character Development, PSHE Service, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- Adventure: Colwick Park Adventure Centre, The Arches Adventure Base, The Transformer Mobile Climbing Wall, Nottingham Narrowboat Project, In School Adventure, Residential Opportunities
- Risk Management: School’s Health and Safety, Why Nott? Transport
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Introduction to PSHE
PSHE is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE contributes to personal development by helping children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions.
Healthy Schools: The Whole School Approach
To achieve Healthy Schools best practice, schools need to conduct a review of health and wellbeing across the school including their provision of PSHE (including Sex and Relationships Education and Drugs Education), Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.
Healthy Schools is not just about children and young people; it is about involving the whole school community. And it is not just what happens in the curriculum but about the entire school day.
There are 10 elements to the whole school approach:
- Leadership, management
- Curriculum and learning
- Assessing recording and evaluation
- Ethos and environment
- Participation and engagement
- Support for pupils
Evidence of impact of the National Healthy Schools Programme
The National Healthy Schools Programme established itself as one of the country’s most widely embraced non-statutory government initiatives in schools. Research projects commissioned by the National Programme aimed to provide independent corroboration of the wealth of anecdotal information we have about Healthy Schools. Findings tell us that NHSP is valued by and has made a difference within schools and crucially that gaining NHSS is associated with improved school performance. Evidence of the positive impact of Healthy Schools nationally is reported in:
- An Evaluation of the National Healthy Schools Programme: Report (NatCen, 2011): http://natcen.ac.uk/media/28170/evaluation-national-healthy-schools.pdf
- Healthy Schools could be a powerful lever for change.
- Achieving NHSS or being close to it were both associated with higher Ofsted ratings of schools’ effectiveness.
- NHSP has been associated with improved learning among students, such as improved concentration and increased confidence.
Healthy Schools – Health Improvement Programme (HIM)
This follows the ‘Plan, Do and Review’ cycle of improvement and is based on the national Healthy Schools Toolkit (Department for Education).
Initially schools need to identify need using data and/or surveys, then choose a priority area eg:
- Healthy Eating
- Emotional Health and Wellbeing
- Physical Activity
- Oral Health
- Raising Aspiration
- Complete the relevant planning sheet, setting meaningful outcomes and early success indicators including universal and targeted activities
- Establish a baseline measure before introducing the intervention
- Implement activities for the mainstream and also for a targeted group of pupils
- Monitor progress by measuring against early success indicators
- Review achievements against original outcomes
- Celebrate the achievement of bringing about an improvement in the health and wellbeing of the pupils in your school.
Whole school Planning Sheet
Healthy Eating HIM
Emotional Health and Wellbeing HIM
Physical Activity HIM
Oral Health HIM
Raising Aspiration, HIM
Pupil Questionnaire Healthy Eating
Pupil Questionnaire Physical Activity
Pupil Questionnaire EHWB
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Promoting positive emotional health and wellbeing in children and young people enables them to better understand and manage their feelings. The Emotional Health and Wellbeing of pupils underpins the entire school experience. Every child has emotional needs and the school has a responsibility to provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which learners can develop confidence and emotional resilience in order to achieve their full potential and therefore enhance their capacity to learn. In addition there will be specific vulnerable groups of children and young people who will require additional support.
Schools have a statutory responsibility in relation to promoting pupil wellbeing and safeguarding of children and young people.
Sex and Relationships
Drug and Alcohol Policy and Education Toolkit for Schools
The downloads below give all the information and resources you will need to implement a drug policy and education programme for your school.
- Quality Standard Framework Self Evaluation and Planning Checklist
- Primary Drug Policy Template
- Secondary Drug Policy Template
- KS3/4/5 Quickbites: Tutor time and ‘build your own booklets’ modular Drug and Alcohol Activities
- Mainstream KS3/4/5 Drug and Alcohol Scheme and Resources – PSHE / Discrete Lesson time
- Current Guidance - Drugs advice for schools
- New Drug Strategy Briefing Education
Primary Drug Education Resources for KS1/2