Healthy Futures Network Conference - Health, Wellbeing and Employability in Schools
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''Intelligence and skill can only function at their peak capacity when the body is healthy and strong'' - JFK

This Conference aims to share and grow the supportive collaborative Healthy Futures Network, through which schools, in partnership with the NHS and other related organisations, can engage and learn from eachother.

It will also demonstrate the link between health and wellbeing (particularly emotional wellbeing) and educational attainment, and explore how schools' health, wellbeing and life skills curricula can enhance the aspirations and career opportunities of young people.

The Conference will include Keynote Speakers during the morning, Themed Workshops during the afternoon, and poster presentations throughout the day.

Both the moring and afternoon sessions will end with an opportunity for Q&A with an expert panel.

Lunch and refreshments are included included in the registration fee.


Please read the Themed Workshop descriptions below BEFORE clicking the 'TICKETS' button as you will be asked to nominate your chosen Theme for your registration.

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Tickets are only £25 for the full day!

The cost of this conference is exceptionally low. We recognise the financial pressures faced by schools, especially in relation to providing cover to allow teaching staff to attend professional development opportunities. It is in recognition of the importance of health and wellbeing that the cost of this conference has been subsidised by Health Education England.

Themed Workshop Details:

We will be offering Workshops during the afternoon, divided in to 3 Themes. Participants are asked to select their preferred Theme to attend when completing their registration to ensure their place is secured. Themes will involve 3 x 20 minute workshop presentations with a Q&A session at the session end. Theme topics are as follows:

Theme 1: Staff and Student Wellbeing, Employability and Careers

  • Workshop A - Learning from the Best – The ‘21st Century’ Programme, ‘Clare Mount Sports College’ and ‘The Underground Training Station’

The ‘21st Century’ programme comprises of a series of differentiated resources for the development of strength & conditioning and physical literacy in students aged 5-85!! This programme was developed by Neil Parsley (former strength and conditioning coach for the England Rugby Union team and founder of the Underground Training Station ( in collaboration with Dan Keefe (Deputy Head Teacher at Clare Mount Sports College, Wirral). In the workshop, Neil and Dan will share with delegates the aims and early successes of the programme. This workshop is targeted at all conference delegates.

  • Workshop B - Step 1: Staff Health and Wellbeing!,‘The Bishops’ Bluecoat School, Chester – Helen Cairns’

‘’Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, it just means moving on’’ – Anonymous

The leadership team at The Bishops’ Bluecoat School Chester (TBBS) take staff wellbeing very seriously. This is an interactive workshop where delegates will hear how small changes at TBBS have had a big impact. Delegates will be able to share, review and plan for improving staff wellbeing outcomes in their own schools. This workshop is suitable for all delegates but especially senior leaders and Head Teachers​.

  • Workshop C - Careers in Health – Career Hubs; Maximising Opportunities for Students, ‘NHS - Bronwyn Barrow’

‘The 2 million people who work for the NHS and Social care are also themselves, patients and users’ – Patricia Hewitt

Health Education England (NW) has supported each of the health economies within the North West with funding to create five local Career Engagement Hubs ( The purpose of these hubs is to promote health career and employment opportunities within the health economy. They specifically aim to forge and accelerate effective partnerships to engage with schools, other education providers and community network groups in promoting the full range of healthcare careers and employment opportunities. This workshop will look at the work undertaken so far and planned for the Cheshire Hub and reflected across the other four areas. The workshop is targeted at senior leaders and careers officers within secondary schools in particular.

Theme 2 – Active Schools, Active Classes and Physical Literacy

‘’Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body. It is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity’’ – JFK, 1960

  • Workshop A - Fit to Succeed: The earlier the better!, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, Cumbria - Becky Richardson

The Eden Valley Sports Partnership, recognising that physical literacy was a concern in youngsters at Key Stage 1, introduced a 'Balance Bike' programme for pupils aged 4-7 across a partnership of 40 primary schools. Becky will discuss the impact of a physical literacy focus on the youngest of our school pupils in terms of confience and engagement. This workshop is targeted at colleagues from primary schools; teachers, middle and senior leaders and Head Teachers.

  • Workshop B - The power of an active school, ‘Youth Sports Trust Development Manager - Anthony Judge (’

This workshop will discuss the benefits of increased physical activity throughout the school day to boost health and academic achievement for students. Anthony will share the evidence and research underpinning active approaches in schools and demonstrate how teaching and support staff can introduce physical activity into the classroom to raise concentration and application levels. This workshop is targeted at all delegates.

  • Workshop C - Using Physical Activity to raise attitudes and attainment in mathematics, 'Jon Smedley – Managing Director: Maths of the Day -'

This workshop will look at the research, rationale and benefits of ‘active learning’ and gives teachers practical ideas on how to implement ‘Active Maths’ in to the curriculum. Delegates will be introduced to the highly acclaimed and praised resource ‘Maths of the Day’ – a website that provides teachers and teaching assistants with over 1000 lesson plans on how to deliver ‘active maths’.

This resource is currently used in schools across the UK and internationally and is having a huge impact on attitudes to maths, attainment in maths, levels of physical activity and whole child development. The workshop is ideal for those working with primary aged pupils.

Theme 3 – Emotional Wellbeing Resilience, School Champions and Working with Families

‘‘Nothing about us without us’’

  • Workshop A - Young people as health and wellbeing champions in schools, ‘Bertie Ridway and Health Champion students - Deyes High School’

Deyes High School believe that the best advocates for change within their school community are the students themselves. Hear directly from the students how they are working with staff to improve health and wellbeing outcomes across the whole school. This workshop is targeted at secondary school middle and senior leaders, PSHE coordinators and teachers.

  • Workshop B - Cross-curricular strategies for improving emotional wellbeing, ‘The Bishops’ Bluecoat School, Chester’

Emotional wellbeing is a key driver towards good mental, physical and social health in all people. Staff and students at the Bishops’ Bluecoat School Chester (TBBS) have made an impact on emotional wellbeing within their own school community, and have been able to reach out to local primary schools, through the medium of drama and workshops. This session looks at TBBS’s approach to highlighting the causes and effects of bullying, especially within the area of diversity. This workshop is targeted at all delegates.

  • Workshop C - Working with families to promote resilience and emotional wellbeing, ‘CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative - Pat Nicholl’

Parents and carers play a pivotal role in promoting the knowledge, skills and environment that can help children cope with adversity. Supporting families has a dual role of strengthening parents’ and children's resilience. CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative (, Health Education England ( and the Merseyside Youth Association ( have teamed up to create Youth Connect 5, a programme which builds upon parents’ and carers’ knowledge, empathy, skills and attributes to promote and strengthen children and young people’s resilience and emotional wellbeing. The workshop will showcase the aims and objectives of the programme and explain to delegates the role that schools and school staff can play to support the programme. This workshop is targeted at school leaders, head teachers, school pastoral leads, SENCOs, teachers and teaching assistants, especially but not exclusively within secondary schools.

Themes/Workshop presentations and discussions will be recorded using Screen Capture* for those whose interests extend beyond their selected Theme session. These, along with recordings of the keynote presentations and closing session, will be made available to participants following the conference for your future reference.

It is our intention to take photographs of both the conference and workshops throughout the day. These photographs will be used to enhance the quality and readership of the final conference report. Identities of those photographed will not be disclosed. They may also be used as part of the University publicity to promote further workshops. Please advise a member of the conference organisers at registration if you do not wish your photograph to be used in any publicity.

*Visual recording of presentation material and voice only recording of discussions - identities of participants will not be publically disclosed unless participants identify themselves during sessions.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No, but you will need to sign in at registration. We ask University staff and students to please bring their ID cards.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The University of Chester Riverside Campus and Riverside Innovation Centre are located on Castle Drive Chester CH1 1SL.

  • Public Transport: Chester has public transport options with trains, buses and taxis available. The conference site is a 30-40 minute walk from the station, or a 10 minute taxi or bus journey (best bus option is the No.1 Arriva Wales/Cymru, Chester to Wrexham bus - exit at the stop opposite the Racecourse and walk down Castle Drive to the building entrance.)
  • Car: Carparking closest to Riverside is at the Little Roodee Carpark (post code CH1 1SL). Tickets for the day (6hours+) are £5.80
  • Park and Ride: Please see for more information.

I have a dietary requirement/allergy.

Please indicate your dietary requirements on the registration page. For any requirements not listed, please email us on to advise of any dietary requriements/allergies and we will ensure that suitable lunch and refreshments will be provided to you.

What if a Themed Workshop I want to attend is fully booked?

Please email us on

Is the venue suitable for disabled access?

Yes - both the University of Riverside Campus and Riverside Innovation Centre have wheelchair access.

We also have reserved disabled parking spaces - please email us on if you require a disabled parking place.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

There are no restrictions but please bring a pen and paper for any notes you would like to take.

Please note that the University site is a smoke free site, however there are smoking areas nearby.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email us on

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes - in the event that you cannot attend, you may send another member of staff from your organisation in your place. Please email us on to advise of any changes.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but we would appreciate you printing the attached programme for your own reference during the day. This helps us keep our costs down.

What is the refund policy?

Due to the low cost of this event, failure to attend will incur full charge and no refund will be given.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, please email us on any changes in registration details.

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