Welcome to the local healthy schools scheme, Schools for Health, website. Here you can find out more about the Schools for Health initiative, its aims, processes and local schools’ good practice.
You can also find out more information about the National Healthy Schools Programme and its four themes.
The whole school approach
The whole school approach to self review is recognised nationally as good practice in recent DCSF strategies, the new Ofsted framework and the Every Child Matters, Change for Children, Outcome Framework.
A good or ‘healthy school’ school:
- consults with and listens to the views of staff, governors, pupils, parents and others in the local community when reviewing policy and practice
- can show that change takes these views into account
- evaluates the impact of changes in policy and practice
Schools for Health accredits local schools that take a whole school approach to their self review of the four themes
- personal social and health education (PSHE)
- emotional health and wellbeing
- healthy eating and
- PE and school sport (including physical activity).
View successful schools in each subject area to date.
Aims of the programme
Schools for Health and the National Healthy Schools Programme aim to support schools in their work to -
- support children and young people in developing healthy behaviours
- raise pupil achievement
- reduce health inequalities
- promote social inclusion.
This work contributes to health improvement priorities for reducing inequalities related to:
- coronary heart disease particularly through: PE and school sport, healthy eating and smoking education in PSHE
- cancers particularly through: smoking and sun safety education in PSHE and through healthy eating
- accidents particularly through health and safety education in all four themes
- mental health particularly emotional health and well-being
- teenage pregnancy particularly through relationships and sex education in PSHE
- drug and alcohol misuse particularly through drug education in PSHE
- safeguarding children particularly through child protection and anti-bullying strategies in PSHE and emotional health and well-being