Our aim is simple: to support schools throughout Southend-on-Sea to improve health and wellbeing for pupils, staff, parents and carers in the wider school community.
Involvement in the Southend Healthy Schools Programme helps
to support children and young people in developing healthy behaviours;
to help to raise pupil achievement;
to help to reduce health inequalities;
to help promote social inclusion.
Healthy Schools Status
The schools in Southend-on-Sea can work to gain Healthy School status by using our school specific self-evaluation tool, to help them demonstrate how they improve school life through health and wellbeing work. Completing the evaluation tool will highlight areas on which to focus. Specific areas covered are PSHE, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Emotional Health and Wellbeing. Once Healthy School Status has been achieved it will be revalidated every two years.
To extend and strengthen Healthy School’s work, schools can move on to achieve the following:
Enhanced Healthy Schools Status
Working towards and achieving Enhanced Healthy School status.
Can help schools
identify and address local health priorities
ensure that health and wellbeing are key areas of school improvement
prioritise the most disadvantaged children and young people
support schools to encourage children and young people to embrace healthier behaviour
build on the success of Healthy Schools
identify and tackle key health priorities
work closely with parents, carers and the wider community to bring about healthier behaviours
Enhanced Healthy Schools can help schools take specific health needs and deliver an effective, evidence-based piece of work, making a real, measurable difference to the health and the wellbeing of children and young people.
Enhanced Healthy School Story
Celebrate your considerable achievements by writing the school story of your journey to Enhanced Healthy Schools status and the impact it has had on the pupils in your school. There is an annual celebration of schools that have achieved Enhanced Healthy School Status.
For more information on Healthy Schools and how you can become involved in Healthy Schools in your child’s Southend-on-Sea school, please contact our Healthy Schools Adviser on 01702 212804.
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