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New Conference Brings Further Education and Health Sectors Together for the First Time

To work in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone who works and learns in Further Education

Next week professionals from health, education, college and local government backgrounds will meet for the first time, to share knowledge, ideas and vision on how they can improve the health and wellbeing of those who study and work in the Further Education (FE) sector.

The Department of Health (DH) is hosting the inaugural Healthy FE conference (at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday 19th January). Talks will urge key decision makers in the education and health sectors, as well as local authorities, to work in partnership in order to address health and wellbeing priorities in their local area.

The conference will run sessions on the wider Healthy FE programme and offer interactive workshops on how colleges can prepare to meet Ofsted’s new health and wellbeing targets.

Key note speeches to include:
•Ofsted’s Paul Curry - Principle Officer, Further Education - outlining the advantages of building health and wellbeing into the Ofsted framework and the contribution to learner achievement
•Dr David Collins, OBE and CEO of LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service) focusing on the FE Improvement Agenda
•Adolescent health specialist Aidan Macfarlane from Association for Young People’s Health talking about the importance of the teenage years
•Ben Whitaker, NUS Vice President for Welfare, will present the case from the learners’ perspective, and students will be available on the day to answer delegates’ questions.

Health and wellbeing priorities have become increasingly important for colleges, especially with the introduction of the new Ofsted targets in September last year. The Healthy Further Education programme isn’t about creating something new. It’s about working with colleges to make the health and wellbeing of staff and learners an integral part of all aspects of college life.

The Healthy FE conference will promote the benefits of forming partnerships and ideally provide a catalyst for new health and FE collaborations. Attendees will have the chance to hear first-hand examples of college, Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and local authority partnerships working successfully.

The need to improve health in further education is now a key priority for FE colleges, PCTs and local authorities. The national Healthy FE conference will provide key information, models for practice and advice to college Principals, Health and Wellbeing Managers, and Chief Executives and Chairs of PCTs, which they can take forward to improve services within their local communities.

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Notes to Editor

• 300 delegates from the FE colleges, PCTs LAs and partners interested in the health and wellbeing of staff and learners in FE will attend the Healthy FE conference
• This is the first time a conference of this size and scale has been organised for the FE and health sectors
• The Healthy FE programme is supported by DH, LSIS, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and aims to improve the health of those who study or work in the FE sector
• It is a sector-led programme seeking to support FE colleges’ community leadership role. It enhances a college’s ability to cater for the health and wellbeing of its staff and students through tools, guidance and regional networks with community partners
• The Healthy FE programme focuses on: healthy eating, sexual health, physical activity, emotional health, alcohol, tobacco and drugs misuse
•Visit www.excellencegateway.org.uk/hfep for further information on the Healthy FE programme

For further information on the Healthy FE conference and for interview requests please contact Emma Koubayssi on 020 7612 8818/ emma.koubayssi@kindredagency.com

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