Process for Enhanced Healthy Schools Status

Process for Enhanced Healthy Schools Status

The 3 steps to enhancement are Plan, Do and Review. The Leicestershire Healthy Schools Toolkit will guide you through the process.

Step 1 – Plan

The aims of the plan phase are to:

  • Establish a group to lead health and wellbeing improvement
  • Select your school's current health and wellbeing priorities based on data about your children and young people's needs, using the school health profiles
  • Decide on the outcomes you plan to achieve and identify milestones along the way
  • Identify activities/interventions

Use the Healthy Schools action plans for Enhancement template (PDF) to record progress on enhancing your Healthy Schools work.

You will need:

  • Your school improvement plan
  • Children and young people's health and wellbeing data from the school health profiles

Health and wellbeing group

It's good practice for schools to have a health and wellbeing (HWB) group to coordinate Healthy Schools work. There may already be an existing group at your school that could do this.

Your group can help to make sure that:

  • strategic decisions at governors' meetings and senior leadership team (SLT) meetings reflect your school's commitment to the health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • health and wellbeing is included in your school improvement plan
  • consideration is given to health and wellbeing in budget decisions

When setting up your group, try to:

  • Include a representative from the SLT and be clear about reporting to senior leadership
  • include a member of staff who is confident handling data
  • include a member of staff who is aware of special educational needs, inclusion and pastoral issues;
  • involve the whole school community including children and young people
  • agree roles and responsibilities

Check that:

  • the group represents the whole school community
  • roles and responsibilities have been agreed
  • there is a clear plan on how the group reports to the SLT

Also see:

Action plans for enhancement

Step 2 – Do

The aims of the do phase are to:

  • select and carry out activities/interventions that will help achieve your outcomes
  • monitor progress towards your milestones and outcomes
  • make any necessary adjustments to milestones and outcomes

You will need:

  • Your school improvement plan
  • Information about evidence based health and wellbeing activities/interventions

Also see:

Activities/interventions

Healthy Schools planning template

School Stories/Case Studies

Step 3 – Review

The aims of the review phase are to:

  • evaluate your achievement of outcomes
  • review, share and celebrate your improvements in children and young people's health and well-being; and
  • review your school's provision for health and well-being

You will need:

  • Your school improvement plan

Also see:

School story template

School case studies