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Healthy Schools London - Silver Award
Posted on: 24/01/2017
We are very proud to announce that we have recieved our Silver Award from the Healthy Schools London Programme.
Awards are for schools to recognise their achievements in supporting the health and wellbeing of their pupils. There are three levels of award:
- Silver: in addition to holding a Bronze Award, the school will need to undertake an analysis of pupils’ needs, and identify new actions that will help pupils achieve and maintain good health and wellbeing. This should include one targeted and one school-wide action, and the school will need to make plans for how the changes will be delivered and measured.
We are now working towards being the first school in Barnet to recieve the Gold Award. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Why is it important
Benefits for schools
Taking part in Healthy Schools, and working successfully for the tiered awards will enable schools to directly support the health and wellbeing of their pupils and staff.
An evaluation of the national programme on which HSL is based showed the following tangible outcomes:
- Increased amount of opportunities that children and young people have to be physically active in and out of schools
- Increased participation of children and young people in physical activity in and out of school
- Improved links between schools and communities that promote physical activity
- Increased school meal uptake including free school meals
- Improved children and young people’s access to healthy packed lunches and snacks throughout the school day.
The benefits go beyond health. Participating schools have also reported reduced incidence of bullying, improved behaviour and improved attendance. Headteachers have also said that they found the Healthy Schools Programme helpful as a general school improvement tool.