1. What is a Healthy School?

A Healthy School:

  • Is one that promotes physical, social, emotional and mental health and helps equip pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.
  • Is successful in supporting pupils to do their best and build on their achievements; it is committed to ongoing improvement and development.
  • Recognises the importance of investing in health and wellbeing to assist in the process of raising children and young people's achievement levels.
  • Involves the whole school community, parents, carers, governors, staff and pupils in improving children's health, wellbeing and happiness, helping them to get the most out of life.

2. What evidence is required for a Healthy School Status?

Healthy School Status requires schools to meet the universal criteria as outlined for the Award.

  • Leadership and Programme Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Relationships & (Sex) Education
  • Food in Schools
  • Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education
  • Health Education
  • Pupil Wellbeing & Resilience

3. Where and how do we submit our portfolio of evidence?

Evidence is submitted online using "this link".

Watch this video expalining how to use the CRM platform.

4. Who should submit the evidence?

The Healthy School Co-ordinator should lead and coordinate the process, with the support of senior leadership. It is best practice for individual sections to be completed in partnership/collaboration with the most appropriate coordinator/person/people for each theme. For example, the physical activity coordinator may complete the physical activity section, in order to adopt a whole school approach. These groups may also include pupils, parents, carers and governors, where appropriate.

5. How long does it take to achieve a Healthy School Status?

As much or as little as meets their need. They can determine their own time commitment, with the knowledge that our team will support them as they progress.

We would anticipate completion within 12 months of registering.

6. How long is the Healthy School Status valid for?

Healthy Schools Status is valid for 2 years from the date submission is accepted and confirmed by a member of the Healthy Schools team. However, it is recommended that the standards required for the status are reviewed and updated regularly after verification to ensure the information is up to date and relevant.

7. What support will be provided to schools completing their status?

Our dedicated and friendly team can provide access to guidance, resources, practical advice and targeted planning support to enhance the work of schools. We can signpost schools to the partners of the Healthy Schools Service who can offer guidance with regarding to the wider PSHE curriculum, including the teaching of relationships, health and sex education.

8. What is the impact of achieving a Healthy School status?

Achieving the status of a Healthy School demonstrates a commitment to the health, wellbeing and resilience of both the pupils and the staff. It also:

  • Provides a clear focus for informing future development of the school's health agenda through policy, planning and practice.
  • Aligns with the personal development strand of the revised OFSTED framework for September 2019 whereby the school will demonstrate evidence of providing opportunities for its pupils to learn how to be active, healthy and engaged citizens.
  • Gives schools access to:
    • A Healthy Schools Certificate (plus a digital copy)
    • A Healthy Schools Digital Toolkit
    • Feature on the Healthy Schools website
    • A Healthy Schools Physical Toolkit
    • Licensed use of Healthy Schools branding for two-years

9. How much does it cost?

This programme is completely free and funded by Leicestershire County Council.

10. I’ve forgotten my password, what do I do?

Just click on the 'Forgotten Password' link under the Log in tag.

11. What do schools say about the Healthy School Programme?

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