Healthy Schools: Primary
Halton Healthy schools award is based on a whole school approach, providing a basis from which developments and improvements are embedded in a systematic way throughout the school and effectively contribute to the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of all members of the school community. Being a Healthy School is not just about children and young people, it is about the Whole School Community.
Halton Healthy schools commitment is based on a whole school approach from policies and ethos to pupils and staff wellbeing. There is an expectation that you will look at your whole school and embed a healthy culture.
A Healthy school commits to:
- Reduce Health inequalities through; closing the Gap of attainment and achievement, improve transitions and increase resilience by recognising a range of achievements and promoting engagement and confidence in pupils.
- Promote healthy lifestyle choices for our pupils, staff and parent/carers providing a healthy environment and healthy role models that support our school community to make healthy choices.
- Mental health and resilience framework embedded into school culture and applied consistently across the whole school community.
- Provide opportunities for physical activity within school and promote physical activity outside of school (30mins a day in school time made up of no less than 10 mins at a time)
Healthy schools Visit
Head teacher / dept
Visit from our Health improvement specialists, in order to sign up for Healthy schools award and discuss health within your schools and surrounding community
Mental health & resilience framework
sets out 7 key areas for good mental health, wellbeing & resilience. We will support you to assess your current practice, support development & celebrate good practice.
The Daily Mile is a popular national initiative that sees children run or jog for 15 minutes every day in their school. We can measure and support set up of daily mile in your school.
School or Sports Council
Working on a specific health topic, that the school council want to change or make a difference in their school
(3 x 30 min sessions)
Youth Health Champions
Supports pupils to become peer health mentors in school and community.
(1 x ½ day session)
2 staff 2 Pupils
Annual training for primary schools around e-safety and online child exploitation
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. A 90 min session held at Halton Libraries
Sugar the Musical
Pupils learn a play around hidden sugars and healthy swaps to perform to parents and family members
(2 hrs learning, 20 mins performance)
Parent Bite Size
Top tips for parents on healthy lifestyles including; food industry uncovered, Lunchboxes and being active. 30 – 60 min sessions.
Staff training in mental health, Fit 4 Life, smoking, alcohol, Breastfeeding awareness.
Encouraging young people to start thinking about their personal safety when out and about. Covering age appropriate crime and knife concerns in the community and who to tell if they are worried.
Fit 4 life 1
Promoting Healthy lifestyle choices, including balanced diet and the importance of physical activity.
Fit 4 life 2
Sugars, fats and food labelling – How to make healthy choices, particularly around snacks.
Mental Health & Resilience
Awareness around mental health and coping strategies to promote resilience in young people.
A Look at alcohol, youth culture, the law and the short and long term health impacts.
A Look at the tobacco history and industry, what cigarettes contain and the financial implications of smoking.
Legal and illegal types of drugs, the law and impact on health and lifestyle. Including the influence of peer pressure.
Class need to have done Tobacco and /or Alcohol session before drugs session.
Everyday first aid workshops are fun interactive, learning essential skills to help in a first aid emergency