Health & wellbeing: A happy school

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By Rob Waltonteacher and freelance writer

Use an inspiring theme week to boost health and wellbeing in your school community

School boy with lunch

Health and wellbeing are never far from news headlines – Ed Balls recently announced the next phase of the National Healthy Schools Programme – and there is increasing pressure on schools to address more aspects of these areas. That said, many schools already undertake a great deal of excellent work in order to achieve the national standards for Healthy School Status (see our other article ‘Healthy eating on the menu’ that details a healthy eating programme in Derby).

The ‘Be healthy’ strand of the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda is very important, as are some of the other strands, such as ‘Make a positive contribution’ and ‘Enjoy and achieve’. There are always new ideas that can be adopted and adapted to make these strands stimulating, creative, fun, and that involve the whole-school community.

A holistic approach

Invite the whole school community to make health- and wellbeing-themed pledges!

A theme week, with a variety of linked lessons and activities is a great starting point for future work on health and wellbeing. If your school is doing work around Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL), this is a terrific opportunity to spread the word, and to let parents and others within the school community know about the work you’re undertaking. The week should also be seen as a great chance to highlight services to parents, so it would be useful to let the school nurse or health visitor and other agencies run workshops and drop-in sessions.

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