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Norfolk Rising Up

Updated: Jun 25

We are delighted to share the highlights of our recent celebration event for the 'Norfolk CC RISE Up' programme, held at Sprowston Cricket Club in collaboration with Norfolk Virtual Schools, as part of children’s services at Norfolk County Council.


This event brought together young people from Diss High School, Harleston Sancroft Academy, Hethersett Academy, and Sprowston Community Academy for a day filled with physical activities and plenty of fun. 


Programme Impact and Aims

Over the past two years, the programme has positively impacted over 30,000 young people across Norfolk, thanks to funding from Norfolk Virtual Schools.


The Norfolk RISE Up programme, involving over 600 teachers from 70 schools, provides a nine-step framework for supporting young people's mental wellbeing.

Aims include:

  • Identifying individual young people struggling with their mental health and directing them to the specialist support they need as early as possible.

  • Providing young people with a range of self-care strategies to protect and build their mental wellbeing to transform their life chances and reduce the pressure on upstream services.

  • Teaching the link between movement and mental wellbeing.

Let's take a closer look at the day's events!


A Day of Active Learning

Young people participated in RISE physical activities, each designed to promote the link between movement and mental wellbeing.

  • Energiser Activity: The day started with a high-energy session of Raving 'Fit.' 🎶💪 Young people danced and created their own motifs, setting a lively tone for the day ahead.

  • Inclusive Team Activity: Inclusivity took centre stage with Zoneball, an activity designed to foster a strong sense of belonging among all participants, through teamwork and cooperation. 🏐

  • Weights for Wellbeing: Young people had the chance to enjoy Weights for Wellbeing activities aimed at relieving stress and expanding their window of tolerance. 💪😌

  • Boxercise Blast: One of the day's highlights was the Boxercise session, where young people engaged in a high-energy workout combining boxing techniques with aerobic exercises. This activity not only boosted their physical fitness but also enhanced their mental focus and resilience. 🥊🔥

  • Over Lunch: We were joined by Cedric Anselin, former Norwich City footballer and mental health ambassador, Keeley White from Norfolk Virtual Schools, Joel Matthews from Active Norfolk, and local media. This programme shows how a multi-agency approach can benefit young people and their educators.

  • Colour Run Connection: The day culminated in a joyous colour run, where young people and staff celebrated their achievements and formed deeper connections with each other. This colourful event was a fitting finale, emphasising fun, connection, and belonging in the sun!

We loved the positive comments and smiles from our young people and teachers throughout the day.


Case Studies for Inspiration

If you want to learn more about the fantastic work these schools have been doing in Norfolk, we invite you to check out these case studies:

Over the coming months, we will be bringing you additional case studies from Bure Park Specialist Academy, Hellesdon High School, and Hethersett Academy.

We hope these case studies inspire you as much as they inspire us! 🌈


Celebrating Achievements

We want to take a moment to celebrate the incredible achievements of our partner schools and Norfolk Virtual Schools. Together, they've achieved remarkable results for young people, making a positive impact on their lives and futures. 🌟

Gratitude and Acknowledgment

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Sprowston Cricket Club for hosting this memorable event, our hero teachers and volunteers, the brilliant Norfolk Virtual Schools team, ITV Anglia News, Cedric Anselin and Matt Potter Photography who all played crucial roles in making the day a success. 🙌

Looking Ahead

As we conclude this celebration, we are excited about the future. 'Norfolk RISE Up' has already made a significant impact, and we are committed to expanding this programme to involve more schools and young people. Stay tuned for exciting news and developments in the future. 📣


How We Can Help You

Inspirational teachers from this programme completed our ‘RISE Up’ Early Intervention Mental Wellbeing course and our ‘Trauma Informed PE’ course before implementing the programme in a way that best suited their young people with personalised support provided along the way within a community of like-minded hero teachers.

If you would like to have a similar impact for your young people, take your first step here by completing the School Wellbeing scorecard:

Complimentary Gift - You will also receive complimentary access to our taster ‘RISE Up’ online teacher training course so you can learn how to move your school from reactive to proactive when identifying children who are struggling with their mental health in one easy step.


Wednesday 26th of June - 16:30-17:00 BST


Join us

Are you ready to transform your approach to education and student wellbeing? If so, join us for our live online book launch of 'Time to RISE Up' which offers a transformative guide to prioritising student mental health and wellbeing alongside academic success!

Event Overview

Join Neil Moggan, Liz Durden-Myers and Will Swaithes from PE Scholar for a discussion on the content and need for this book. Neil will provide an overview of the content and his inspiration behind the book. 


Attendees will also be entered into a competition to win a Free copy of the book!

We look forward to discussing the book with you this Wednesday!


Use this video call link to join us at 4.30 pm: https://meet.google.com/jfu-ygok-dju



Have a fantastic week.

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