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  • Schools Forum Minutes

  • British Science week

  • Beat Blue Monday – HYC Better Letter launch

  • Halton Libraries Reading Well

  • D & AHT January Newsletter

  • External Funding Training Opportunities 2022

  • e-Bug” interactive educational resources released for Early Years to KS4

  • Vaccination dates in Runcorn and Widnes WB 24 January





Schools Forum Minutes


please attached attached School forum minutes

October minutes

November minutes




British Science week


See attached information about British Science week 11 – 20 March 2022, at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum.



Beat Blue Monday


Beat Blue Monday – HYC Better Letter launch, see attached for more information.




Halton Libraries Reading Well  


The national Reading Well schemes help people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. There are currently 3 mental health book lists available: Reading Well for mental health, Reading Well for young people, Reading Well for Children.

The books are on display in each library in Halton and the Reading Well book collections are now also available to borrow as free e-books using our Borrowbox app.

More information is available from our Halton Libraries website and on




D & AHT January Newsletter


Please register your interest for the D & AHT Network meetings, Aspiring to Headship, or for the training in March by

If you would like to take part in network meetings and are not already registered, please email

The focus for the D & AHT Training events on 10 & 17 March (12:45 – 3:45 pm) is Primary Assessment for Leaders.  A flyer with more details will be sent out soon; to reserve a place on either date please email (please note that the training is repeated so only attendance at one date is necessary).

Attached newsletter




External Funding Training Opportunities 2022


Please find below the details on the next series of External Funding Training Opportunities run by Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team. If you wish to attend please complete and return the attached booking form or complete it online. For your safety and peace-of-mind, we will ensure that all training venues have undertaken adequate Covid-19 risk assessment and (for non-Council premises in particular) that guidelines are in place that are broadly comparable to those of Halton Borough Council.

Basic Bid Writing Training:

Online – Thursday 27th January 2022, 10am-12noon

In Person – Thursday 21st April 2022, 10am-12noon (Castlefields Community Centre, Village Square, Castlefields, Runcorn WA7 2ST)

Subjects covered in the course include: • Good bid-writing techniques • 10 key elements of a basic funding application • Top-tips to write a strong bid • Q&As


Monitoring and Evaluation Training

Online – Thursday 17th February 2022, 10am-12noon

In Person – Tuesday 17th May 2022, 10am-12noon (Halton & St Helens VCA, St Marie’s, Lugsdale Rd, Widnes, WA8 6DB)

Subjects covered in the course include: To understand what Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) involves; To learn why it is necessary; To understand where and how Monitoring & Evaluation should be used in grant-funded projects; To learn best practice (‘top tips’) for producing good quality and effective data and reports.


Now You Have Your Grant Course

Online – Thursday 17th March 2022, 10am-12noon

This course will offer a basic introduction to the responsibilities of managing grant funding for those of you who are new to this, or would like to improve your skills in this area.


Developing a Fundraising Strategy

Online – New Date TBC

This course will help you to developing your organisation’s vision and focus your aims and objectives. It will include: organisation analysis, action planning, understanding budgets, cash flow, risk and monitoring.

Please note that there is a minimum numbers of attendees now to ensure the courses go ahead. Courses are free to those who are based in Halton or are providing projects/services benefiting Halton residents, for others there is a nominal charge . If you require any more information or book on a course please get in touch.




e-Bug” interactive educational resources released for Early Years to KS4


Newly updated e-Bug educational resources are now available to download free from The resources, produced by the UKHSA, include engaging lesson plans and interactive activities for children aged 3-16. Covering topics such as hand, respiratory & oral hygiene, microbes, antibiotics and infection prevention, e-Bug is a great resource to help children understand how to stay healthy and stop the spread of bugs. The content aligns to the National Curriculum (particularly Science & PHSE) and is accredited by the Association for Science Education. Hard copies of the KS1 to KS3 resource packs were sent to all schools before Christmas through Halton Borough Council, and KS4 packs will be sent this month. Halton Libraries will also be promoting science and hygiene-related books and activities for children in February and over half-term. See the website and social media over the coming weeks for more details

For practical support or advice on using the e-Bug resources in your setting, contact the NHS Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust IPC Team at or 01925 946197.

We would be very grateful if you could also complete a 5-minute survey, to help us understand how you will make use of the e-Bug resources and how in Halton Borough Council we can better support you in the future.

UKHSA have a more general 2-3 minute feedback survey, accessible by scanning the QR code below. Please complete the survey by 28 January to have a chance of winning a set of Giant Microbes ( for your school (the survey itself will remain open beyond this date).



Vaccination dates in Runcorn and Widnes WB 24 January