As Benjamin Franklin once said,
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
At the Pendlebury Centre we place a big emphasis on our young people coming to school ready to work hard, learn and achieve their potential. We take pride in being a ‘Healthy School’ and the positive impact this can have on our students in their day-to-day lives.
Being prepared for school means:
1) More than forty winks…
- It is important to get enough sleep the night before to be ready for a day of study – researchers suggest teenagers need around 8 – 9 hours of good sleep every night.
- BBC Science has an interesting a short article about this here:
- The Sleep Council UK has a longer guide to promoting good sleep patterns here: http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/pdf-downloads/the_good_night_guide_for_children.pdf
2) Out of bed on the right side…
- Having a clear routine in the morning avoids the rushing around – and stress! – of getting young people ready for school.
- The charity Family Lives has a quick and easy guide to this here:
3) Fuelled for learning…
- Making sure teenagers eat something healthy and are well-hydrated in the morning will help make sure their head is in the right place when they arrive at school.
- It is also important to help guide teenagers in making the right choices around any snacks or drinks they buy on the way to school.
- Young Minds has a quick guide to promoting healthy eating habits amongst teenagers here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people/better_mental_health/look_after_your_body?gclid=CJ3jwJr-_sACFQoCwwodlX8A8A
- The Daily Telegraph has also published a more detailed guide to healthy eating habits here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/3321332/Junk-the-bad-habits-and-glow-with-teen-spirit.html
- The National Hydration Council has also put together an interesting and useful factsheet about promoting good drinking habits amongst teenagers: