The Southend Healthy Schools Programme helps schools in Southend-on-Sea to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff, parents and carers of the school community.
This helps to:
- support children and young people in developing healthy behaviours
- reduce health inequalities
- promote social inclusion
Healthy Schools Status (HSS)
Schools can work to gain Healthy School Status (HSS) by using our self-evaluation tool, this helps show how they improve school life through health and wellbeing work such as PSHE, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Emotional Health and Wellbeing. Completing the evaluation will show areas to focus on. Once HSS has been achieved it is revalidated every two years.
To extend and strengthen HSS work, schools can move on to the following award:
Working towards and achieving Enhanced HSS.
Can help schools to:
- identify and address local health priorities
- make sure health and wellbeing are key areas of school improvement
- focus on the most disadvantaged children and young people
- support schools to encourage children and young people to have healthier behaviour
- build on the success of HSS
- identify and tackle key health priorities
- work closely with parents, carers and the wider community to influence healthy behaviours
- enhanced Healthy Schools can help schools look at specific health needs and deliver an effective, evidence-based piece of work, which makes a real, difference to the health and the wellbeing of children and young people
Enhanced HSS Story
Schools can then celebrate their achievements by writing the school story of their journey and the impact it has had. There is an annual celebration of schools that have achieved Enhanced HSS.