This North Tyneside school has begin a new, free wellbeing programme for pupils

Wellbeing is at the top of the timetable at a school that has become the first in Tyneside and Northumberland to adopt a new, free programme.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 10:43 am
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 3:40 pm
Lessons in wellbeing delivered by health professionals from Nuffield at Benton Dene School

Staff from Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital and Nuffield’s gym in Gosforth launched the new School Wellbeing Activity Programme at Benton Dene Special School in Longbenton, as part of a country-wide campaign to educate children about positive physical and mental health.

The six-week course was developed following two-years of research and addresses four main areas: physical activity, diet, sleep and emotional resilience.

It includes weekly workshops with Nuffield professionals, and builds upon the school’s current curriculum.

Benton Dene Special School supports primary-age children with a range of complex learning difficulties and additional needs or Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Staff there heard about the SWAP programme through North Tyneside Council and felt it fitted well with the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum.

Helen Milburn, assistant head teacher at Benton Dene, said: “As a school we are very aware of the struggles our young people face, with many elements of modern-day life affecting their physical and emotional wellbeing.

“We feel that the SWAP programme enriches learning for our pupils, with experts delivering sessions in an exciting and active format.