Healthy Schools Partnership

Healthy Schools

A new local Healthy Schools Partnership is now in place across the three boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. The main aim of the Healthy Schools Partnership is to support and encourage schools to develop and deepen their focus on health and wellbeing which will support the attainment, achievement and happiness of both their pupils, staff and wider school communities.

The Healthy Schools Partnership is an alliance of Local Authority and health services together with a range of other agencies that work with schools and most importantly schools.

All children and young people have the right to be healthy and to achieve at school and in life. Healthy Schools provides opportunities at school for enhancing emotional and physical aspects of health that will lead to improved health, reduced health inequalities, increased social inclusion and raise achievement for all.

Healthier children do better in learning and in life. By enabling children and young people to make positive changes to their behaviour regarding health and wellbeing, schools help them reach their full potential in terms of achievement and fulfillment. They can also encourage good habits that will benefit children and young people both now and in the future.

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

Advice and support is available to all schools engaging with the Healthy Schools Partnership. David Millard from Health Education Partnership Limited has been appointed to coordinate and manage the partnership across the three boroughs. He can also advise schools about free practical guidance and training opportunities available from the Healthy Schools Partnership of local organisations and from specialist advisers from Health Education Partnership regarding healthy eating and catering, physical activity, PSHEE and emotional health and wellbeing.

Schools can participate and gain recognition at the following two levels:.

Level 1 - Bronze Award

Schools complete a review to demonstrate they have maintained/achieved the requirements of Healthy Schools Status. There are a number of criteria relating to both the school curriculum and the emotional and physical learning environment that schools need to fulfill in order to achieve Healthy School Status.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education [PSHEE]

  • PSHEE provides children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives

Healthy Eating

  • Children and young people have the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to make healthy food choices
  • Healthy and nutritious food and drink is available across the school day

Physical Activity

  • Children/young people are provided with a range of opportunities to be physically active
  • They understand how physical activity can help them to be more healthy, and how physical activity can improve and be a part of their every day life

Emotional Health and Wellbeing 

  • The promotion of positive emotional health and wellbeing helps children and young people to understand and express their feelings, build their confidence and emotional resilience, and therefore their capacity to learn.

Level 2 – Silver and Gold Awards

Once schools have achieved Healthy Schools Status they can move on to the next level which enables them to understand and improve the specific health and wellbeing needs of their pupils. Schools will identify the main health priorities for their pupils and devise new enhanced projects, practices and interventions to target these priorities. Example health priorities might include healthy weight, emotional health and wellbeing, and oral health.

If your school is interested in working with the Healthy Schools Partnership and gaining recognition contact:

David Millard - Healthy Schools Coordinator

Email: david.millard@healtheducationpartnership.com

Freephone: 08000 488 566

Mobile: 0773 847 6236