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Wirral Healthy Schools Primary Pupil Panel

Wednesday 27th January 2010 & Thursday 28th January 2010



Facilitators: Jacqui Kearney      - Healthy Schools Advisor

                        Gareth Hill                - Healthy Schools
                                                              Policy & Curriculum lead for Lifestyles

                        Simon Ward             - Education Psychologist

                        Elaine Kinsella        - Education Psychologist

                        Jayne Price              - Healthy Schools
                                                               Policy & Curriculum lead for
                                                              Sex and Relationships Education


Schools who attended:   


Wednesday: Black Horse Hill Junior school, Christchurch Primary Birkenhead, Church Drive Primary, Devonshire Park Primary, Gayton Primary, Heswall Primary, Irby Primary, Mersey Park Primary, Millfield Primary, Rock Ferry Primary, St Andrews Primary, St Peters CE Primary, Stanton Road Primary, Thornton Hough Primary, Woodchurch CE Primary, Well Lane Primary, Woodlands Primary, Woodslea Primary.

Thursday: Barnston Primary, Bidston Village Primary, Cathcart Street Primary, Cole Street Primary, Eastway Primary, Egremont Primary, Greenleas Primary, Kingsway Primary, Lingham Primary, Liscard Primary, New Brighton Primary, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary, Orrets Meadow school, Park Primary, Prenton Primary, Somerville Primary, St Albans Primary School, St Josephs Catholic Primary School Birkenhead, St Josephs Catholic Primary School Wallasey, St Werburgh’s Primary, St Georges Primary.


Thank you to all the above schools who sent representatives, overall feedback was that the pupils enjoyed the day and all pupils contribute extremely well.  For both those schools who sent representatives and for those that could not on this occasion but may be able to next time, the following minutes will support your school representatives or your school council to discuss the issues that we looked at on the day.


1)     Self Esteem Workshop – Simon Ward (SW) started of the session with 3 warm up exercises, he asked pupils to get in groups and get into order of how many siblings pupils had, next pupils were asked to get into height order and finally whether they where frightened of ghosts this highlighted how it is more difficult to decide who went where when it was a decision based on our levels of feelings. Following this Elaine Kinsella gave a short presentation on  5 a day


·        Connect

·        Be Active

·        Take Notice

·        Keep Learning

·        Give


and finally to round up this session the pupils were given an opportunity to enter a poster competition on the 5 a day the winning schools council would receive a £100 to use in their school on an emotional well being project.

ECM outcomes this section feeds into: Be healthy, Make a positive contribution

SEF: A2.7 Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle


2)     Junior Healthy Schools Advisors – Gareth Hill (GH) pupils were used to assess the feasibility of establishing Junior Healthy Schools Advisors in Wirral schools to push forward the Healthy Schools agenda. During fun warm-up activities, pupils revised some of the roles of adults coming into school i.e. Ofsted Inspector, Educational Psychologist, School Nurse and Healthy Schools Advisor.  Pupils were then asked to consider in greater detail the role of adult Healthy Schools Advisors. All aspects of the role were considered and the pupils asked which they would feel able to take on in a junior capacity. They were asked to respond “Yes”, “No” or “Maybe” as to how they felt about each statement.


The results were as followed:


n      I give advice about the kind of food you serve and eat in school and try to make it as healthy as possible Maybe

n      I could help you set up a healthy tuck shop or make the one you already have more healthy Yes

n      I could help you put up a healthy eating display in your dining room Yes

n      I could advise your school on filling in it’s SEF form and writing risk assessments No

n      I sometimes talk in assembly about healthy eating, being active and being happy and confident Maybe

n      I could train teachers and governors in health issues during OFSTED inspections No

n      I give help and advice to your school to help them help you and your family lead healthy lives Maybe

n      If your school wants to start a breakfast club, cycling lessons or cookery club, I can help set that up No

n      I set up and run pupil panels No

n      I could come and speak to your school council Yes

n      I could help set up a system of “buddies” or mentors at your school Maybe

n      I could help make sure your school is doing things with the local community like visiting a nearby old persons home Maybe


Following this a needs analysis was conducted where pupils were encouraged to identify what they might need in terms of resources and training to fulfil this role.

samples for the tuck shop

gym equipment






access to swimming and other exercise





computer access


whiteboard access


a quiet space


ideas box


tuck-shop training

lunchbox training and examples

healthy lifestyle training

training in producing a newsletter training


support from teachers

talk training- avoiding offending people

confidence building

training in running meetings


ECM outcomes this section feeds into: Be healthy, Make a positive contribution, Enjoy and achieve

SEF: A2.7 Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle


ECM outcomes this section feeds into: Be healthy, Make a positive contribution, Enjoy and achieve

SEF: A2.7 Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

3)     After lunch Jayne Price lead a team building exercise,  in groups pupils where given a selection of resources pupils were only given a few instructions these were:

·        You had to work as a team, one person in the group was assigned as a writer, one person could not speak

·        You had 5 mins to design a bridge using the resources you had been given

·        You had to draw your design first


After 20 min of construction teams found out that their bridges had to support a raw egg and the none talkers where given information that they could gain further resources if they took a team mate to gather them


After testing the bridges JP asked the pupils:

·        What did they have to do when they found out that their bridge had to support a raw egg – did they need to change their construction, did they need more resources, how did they feel about that, this led into discussion about when you move from primary to secondary school, you only know a little about your new school but as the weeks go by you learn more and get to know who people are and who can help.


ECM outcomes this section feeds into: Be healthy, Make a positive contribution, Enjoy and achieve

SEF: A2.7 Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle


4)     The final session of the day was an opportunity for the pupils to play a game ‘Moving on Well’ this game has been designed by young people for young people. The game is based on the backdrop of a typical school, fast paced, players compete to race around an unfamiliar school to collect subject cards, what soon becomes apparent is that there is often challenges in the way of their learning.  The secret to overcoming these barriers is taking the time to seek out information (tool cards) about the support that is available.


ECM outcomes this section feeds into: Be healthy, Stay Safe, Make a positive contribution, Enjoy and achieve

SEF: A2.7 Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle, A2.5 The extent to which pupils feel safe, A.11 The extent of pupils’ Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development



Date of next meeting


The next panel meetings will be 16th and 17th June 2010 venues to be confirmed


If any primary schools have an area that could be used to accommodate the panel meeting and would like to host the event please contact



Jacqui Kearney – Healthy Schools Advisor

Tel No : 0151 630 8353 or via email on Jacqui.kearney@wirral.nhs.uk

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