This Wiltshire Council programme is provided by a partnership between Public Health and School Effectiveness; it presents a joined up approach to support schools to address the health and wellbeing of all young people.
The programme clarifies the actions all schools can take to promote the health and wellbeing of young people, from universal prevention and education to targeted interventions and treatment. The programme brings together good practice on all health related issues and provides consistent messages, encouraging and supporting schools to focus on approaches that are particularly effective.
This provides a framework for all Wiltshire schools to audit their current provision, identify areas for development, implement new work and monitor their progress, including the impact for their children and young people.
This local programme builds on the previous National Healthy Schools Status (NHSS) criteria for primary and secondary school settings and the work during the South West Healthy School Plus pilot. The standards are designed to be audited every 2 years (every 3 years from May 2015).
The Wiltshire Healthy Schools Standards have been developed to meet the health priorities and needs of the children and young people of Wiltshire. The Standards are linked to the Ofsted Framework for Inspection and additional guidance, as well as to Public Health Outcomes and guidance for schools from NICE (National Institute of health and Care Excellence).
Schools achieving the Wiltshire Healthy Schools Standards are entitled to use the programme logo and can be confident in their knowledge that they have set the foundation for best practise in Health Promotion throughout their setting. Following accreditation, the Wiltshire Healthy Schools approach enables schools to work towards further improving health behaviours of children and young people.
"The considerable amount of time children and young people spend in school means that schools have the potential for fulfilling an important role in promoting the health and well being of children and young people and laying the foundations for healthier outcomes in adulthood through school-based health programmes"