This site provides comprehensive information on all the services currently available to schools, academies and other organisations from West Berkshire Council.
West Berkshire Council has a great deal of experience and expertise in providing support and services to schools. There are many benefits to buying services from the Local Authority:
• We are committed to supporting schools to make the best possible use of their resources in order to maximise the impact on raising educational standards for pupils.
• We have an experienced and highly trained workforce familiar with the work of schools and in the context in which they operate.
• We ensure our services are compliant with legal requirements and national standards
• We are committed to improving the lives of children.
Domestic Abuse Awareness and Champions training
Training available for school based staff
Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
A 1 day Domestic Abuse Awareness training for West Berkshire multi-agency professionals, community organisations and individuals. This training will provide attendees with an increased awareness of domestic abuse and develop attendees’ knowledge of the effects and dynamics of domestic abuse, types of partner violence, complexities in leaving abusive relationships, power and control and the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people.
Thursday 5th March 2020, 10:00-16:00 at Shaw House, Newbury
Thursday 21st May 2020, 10:00-16:00 at Shaw House, Newbury
Thursday 25th June 2020, 10:00-16:00 at Shaw House, Newbury
Thursday 29th October 2020, 10:00-16:00 at Shaw House, Newbury
To book -
External agencies and individuals: Email email@example.com with details of the course you
would like to attend
Domestic Abuse Champions Training
Domestic Abuse Champions are multi-agency professionals, community organisations and individuals trained to have a more extensive understanding of domestic abuse and its impact. Domestic abuse champions are able to advise others and ensure they are aware of, and have access to, local resources and support. Champions have a fundamental role in cascading learning and awareness. The network also supports partnership understanding and sharing of knowledge.
Domestic Abuse Champions training is a 1 day training which will provide attendees with an introduction to their champions role and support attendees knowledge and confidence of completing risk assessments, risk management, safety planning and support services available for victims, survivors, children and young people and perpetrators.
Tuesday 7th April 2020, 10:00-16:00 at Shaw House, Newbury
Tuesday 15th September 2020, 10:00-16:00 at Shaw House, Newbury
Tuesday 24th November 2020, 10:00-16:00 at Shaw House, Newbury
To book: Click the link and visit Reducing the Risk's training page*
*Please note that to attend Domestic Abuse Champions' training in West Berkshire you need to have previously attended the one-day Domestic Abuse Awareness training (please see above)
Exploitation, Vulnerability and Safeguarding (need to know) Training Sessions
A free, two hour training session run by Thames Valley Police which will explain what the emerging issues and trends are regarding county drugs lines and the links to modern slavery and child exploitation. The sessions will provide a national overview as well as share information on current cases which affect West Berkshire.
This session will explore why children and adults are working for county drugs lines and how
social media is used for targeting the most vulnerable in our society.
The session will support practitioners with how to help and highlight the benefits of partnership working and information sharing, as well as providing information on personal safety awareness.
Thursday 5th March 2020
Thursday 4th June 2020
Thursday 3rd September 2020
Thursday 3rd December 2020
Thursday 4th March 2021
Please complete the booking form accompanying this flyer and return to: Jade.Wilder@westberks.gov.uk
There will be a £15 fee for non-attendance.
Relationship and Health education Primary Leads Network
Countdown to statutory Relationships and Health Education
Thursday 2nd April 09.30 - 12.30 at Shaw House, Newbury
Join fellow primary RHE leads to discover more about the changes, the learning outcomes for primary children and resources to support curriculum planning.
We will be joined by Donna Fox, Principal Adviser for School Improvement and colleagues who are experts in LGBTQ+ awareness and substance use including alcohol and tobacco.
This is a free network meeting for West Berkshire primary schools.
Booking is available through the training pages on the portal.
To support schools we have created a Relationships, RSE and Health education resources hub
New issue Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub
Health and Wellbeing in Schools Update – January 2020
Live Well, Learn Well
In the new issue of the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub we celebrate the current Peer Mentors in our secondary schools. Peer Mentors from six secondary schools came together at the annual conference in November.
Have a look at the video to find out more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz7Vy-YUzAk
During January many of us will be reflecting on positive changes we can make to support our health and wellbeing. Here are some ideas
5 Ways to Wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing Framework was developed by the New Economics Foundation as a set of five evidence based actions that promote wellbeing. Based on the latest scientific evidence the simple actions, if taken regularly, can improve wellbeing and enhance quality of life.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are to:
l Connect – connecting with others
l Give – helping others
l Be active – doing something active
l Take Notice – taking notice of yourself and the world around you
l Keep Learning – learning new things
Find out more at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/fivewaystowellbeing
Have a look at the 5 Ways to Wellbeing workshop developed for schools for Years 5, 6 and 7 children. Available to download at http://www.westberkseducation.co.uk/Page/12077
Action for Happiness
Looking for a great way to start 2020? Try our Happy New Year calendar of daily actions to spread happiness throughout January. A new calendar is published for every month available at https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars
Next month it is Children’s Mental Health Week 3rd – 9th February.
Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
This year’s theme is Find your Brave.
Also in January’s Hub find out about Active Travel, resources for schools to deliver Relationships, Relationships and Sex and Health education and the calendar of events for January to March 2020.