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Healthy Schools Status

Healthy Schools Status

hs-nott-logoTo gain Healthy Schools Status schools will conduct a review of health and wellbeing across the school including their provision of PSHE (including Sex and Relationships Education and Drugs Education), Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. They will follow the whole school approach as they conduct their review. Status can be maintained by submitting the biannual Whole School Review.

The Whole School Approach

Healthy Schools is not just about children and young people, it is about involving the whole school community. And it is not just what happens in the curriculum but about the entire school day.

There are 10 elements to the whole school approach:

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  • Policy
  • Curriculum and learning
  • Assessing recording and evaluation
  • Ethos and environment
  • Participation and engagement
  • Support for pupils
  • Training
  • Partnerships

Evidence of impact of the National Healthy Schools Programme

friendsWithin a decade, the National Healthy Schools Programme has established itself as one of the country’s most widely embraced non-statutory government initiatives in schools today.
The Programme has provided schools with support on a broad range of issues affecting the health and well-being of children and young people: from childhood obesity, healthy eating and being active, to teenage pregnancy, substance misuse and bullying.

New research projects commissioned by the National Programme aim to provide independent corroboration of the wealth of anecdotal information we have about Healthy Schools. Early findings tell us that NHSP is valued by and is making a difference within schools and crucially that gaining NHSS is associated with improved school performance.

Evidence of the positive impact of Healthy Schools nationally is reported in :

Findings include:

  • Healthy Schools fits with schools’ priorities – some schools felt they had a responsibility to promote physical and emotional health; they found that NHSP objectives were already an important part of the curriculum and ethos.
  • Healthy Schools could be a powerful lever for change – some schools found the criteria useful to review current practices and drive through changes; some schools had already achieved many of the criteria and were using NHSP to support them to go further.
  • Achieving NHSS or being close to it were both associated with higher Ofsted ratings of schools effectiveness.
  • Lower total and unauthorised student absence rates were found in schools working towards NHSS.
  • Higher levels of student participation in high quality PE were found in both primary and secondary schools working towards NHSS and in primary schools with NHSS.
  • NHSP has been associated with improved learning among students, such as improved concentration and increased confidence.

This may explain why, in a 2008 survey, headteachers rated Healthy Schools as the most valuable initiative in education after Every Child Matters (Headspace, 2008).

Contact Us

Contact PSHE Advisory team @ SOLAR
Phone:0115 947 6202