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What’s the Virtual School?

The Virtual School isn’t a school that exists in real terms, or as a building. It’s a group of staff made up of teachers, including a head teacher, and specialist workers. They’re responsible for ensuring that the educational achievement of children in care and care…

When a child dies: legal requirements

This page explains some of the things that have to happen after a child has died. By law, we have to review the death of every child under 18. The team who does this is called the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP). The CDOP is…

When someone you care for dies

Caring for someone can become a major part of your life. When that person dies, as well as being a huge loss to you personally, it can leave a space in your life that can at first be hard to fill, especially if you're feeling…

Why 5 A Day?

Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It's important that we eat enough of them. Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least five 80g portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. That's five portions…

Why lack of sleep is bad for your health

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health? One in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress,…

Work and disability

Of the working-age people with disabilities in the UK, almost half are employed - but this figure should be higher. With the right support, many more could join their ranks. If you have a disability, you may be worried that it will limit your job…

Work experience

Work experience is where you spend time working with a real employer. It's usually organised by your school or college. For example, if you want to be a hairdresser, you could do work experience in a hairdresser’s salon for a few weeks. Work experience can…

Work out how much weight you need to lose

Use the BMI calculator above to work out how much weight you need to lose before starting the NHS weight loss plan. The BMI tool will tell you if you're in the healthy weight range and, if necessary, how much you need to lose to achieve a healthy…

World Mental Health Day - 10 October

This World Mental Health Day (10 October) we are talking about ‘Young people in a changing world’. Our young people face a lot of challenges in today’s world which affects their mental wellbeing. Half of all mental health problems begin by the age of 14.…

Young people

Get information on services and programmes for young people in the borough. Includes early help services for young people who need support to deal with issues that are affecting them early on before they get worse, and how our Youth Offending Service (YOS) works with young…
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