Who Are We?
Healthy Schools is part of Healthy Cornwall within Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health Team.
Because the landscape is changing all around us, Healthy Schools has changed to ensure we are offering the most effective support. We know that schools and parents express concerns about the wellbeing of children and young people – perhaps about about mental health, life in the digital world, increasing childhood obesity, sedentary behaviours, and poor diet, alongside concerns about emotional health and wellbeing.
Across Cornwall, partners are recognising the need for better support and joined-up thinking to help address these issues. Current initiatives include:
- A strategy to transform the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). This is part of the national ‘Future in Mind’ Mental Health strategy. There is an emphasis on early intervention, workforce development, and providing children and young people with good, safe information and support on-line, via a trusted, recognisable ‘single front door’.
- The Headstart Kernow Programme is helping schools to support wellbeing. Early signs are showing that it is a very successful model.
- The ‘Time2Move PE, School Sport, and Wellbeing Strategy’ has been developed by schools and partners. It is already helping our children and young people to be more active during and beyond the school day.
- Healthy Schools is responding too. Our commissioners would like the team to focus our support for schools on Emotional Health and Wellbeing, and on Physical Activity, a challenge we relish.
The way we work to put a greater focus on working in localities and providing localised, tailored support. This can be for individual schools, clusters of schools, Academy and Multi-Academy Trusts, Co-operative Trusts, or other groupings. We are working much more closely on the ground with local partners, professionals, and other providers. Every school will have a named Healthy Schools Delivery Advisor based in the locality, making strong links with schools and partners.
We maintain a Universal Offer. This means our support is available to all schools, but there will be an element of targeting based on wellbeing needs, so some schools may be offered greater priority. All of our tools and resources, including our website, will, of course, be free to access at any time.
Through our work there is an emphasis on a Whole School Approach to wellbeing, and we can help schools to know and understand more about their health and wellbeing needs. This can be through a Wellbeing Profile of the school community, and could include a specific section highlighting the Ofsted wellbeing criteria, to show how the school is doing.
Our Locality-based Healthy Schools Delivery Advisors can:
- Help you to identify what could be done to address a need, or to enhance existing wellbeing activities and good practice
- Help you to plan a new piece of work
- Connect you with appropriate support/resources
- Help you to review and evaluate your action plan
- Help you to celebrate and share your success and learning
The Healthy Schools Award
Schools which have:
- demonstrated the Whole School Approach in action
- completed a wellbeing survey and/or evidenced that they understand the health behaviour needs of their pupils
- addressed wellbeing in the school development plan
- produced an appropriate case study (or are willing to share their learning with others)
Schools can choose to submit their work for a Healthy School Award recognising excellence in working towards better wellbeing for all through a Whole School Approach. There will be a final submission date each term on the Friday prior to the half term holidays. We'd love to support you with you submission prior to that, so please contact the Delivery Advisor in your locality - email us on email@example.com if you're not sure who to contact.
Overall, our aim is to work collaboratively and flexibly with schools and partners to offer good, effective programmes, resources, support and signposting, and to help improve the wellbeing of our children and young people, through creating a coherent wellbeing offer for schools.
We will help to signpost clearly the great wellbeing support available from partners such as Cornwall Council, Health, and the Voluntary sector, and aim to make it easier to navigate.
Our Other Awards
Our Food in Schools award (available independently from the rest of the offer), is available to support schools to demonstrate a Whole School Approach to a healthy food culture.
Our PADL School Council awards are a framework for Primary and Secondary schools to work towards in order to gain an award at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. You are can log in to submit evidence for an award application. A PADL award application includes a visit from your Healthy School Delivery Advisor to meet your school council.
For more information please contact the Healthy Schools team: