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Why be a Healthy School?


 

Being a Healthy School can contribute to improvements in wellbeing for the whole school community, and to overall school improvement - raising attainment, achievement and aspirations!

A Healthy School is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working. A Healthy School seeks to provide a healthy environment that engages all - children and young people, staff, parents/carers and the wider community through a Whole School Approach.

The Whole School Approach is at the heart of wellbeing work and Healthy Schools in Cornwall. A Whole School Approach should aim to develop an ethos and environment that supports learning, promotes the health and wellbeing of all in the school community, and consults and encourages participation of all within the school community.

The Whole School Approach

A Healthy School is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working. A Healthy School seeks to provide a healthy environment that engages all - children and young people, staff, parents and carers and the wider community through a Whole School Approach.

The Whole School Approach is at the heart of wellbeing work and healthy schools in Cornwall. The Whole School Approach: 

  • aims to develop an ethos and environment that supports learning and promotes the health and wellbeing of all in the school community
  • consults and encourages participation of all within the school community
  • and is an extremely effective, evidence-based school improvement mechanism that brings about and embeds cultural change in schools.

The Public Health England 8 Principles of a Whole School Approach to Emotional Health and Wellbeing provide a good structure in which to reflect on the Whole School Approach. We use the 8 Principles of a Whole School Approach as the basis for our support for schools and the current Healthy School Award criteria.

The World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation recognises the importance of health and wellbeing in the school setting and states that a Healthy School:

“...strives to provide a healthy environment, school health education and school health services, along with school community projects, health promotion programmes for staff, healthier eating, opportunities for physical education and recreation and programmes for counselling, social support and mental health promotion”.