Schools applauded for healthy attitude

EAST Sussex County Council has congratulated schools and school professionals for achieving a range of awards associated with the National Healthy School Programme.

The awards represent a school’s demonstrable commitment to pupil health and wellbeing.

The county council hosted a special celebration event and representatives from 54 schools - including local winners Highfield and White House - were able to attend on the day to receive their presentation plaques and certificates in person.

As well as those two new schools achieving National Healthy Schools Status (NHSS), 79 schools were celebrating attaining additional awards, of either a ‘Health and Wellbeing Annual Review’, or recognition for ‘National Healthy Schools Enhancement’, both of which illustrate continued commitment and development of their successes of NHSS.

Councillor David Elkin, Lead Cabinet Member for Children’s and Adults’ Services, said, “Promoting healthy lifestyles, particularly among our young people, is a key priority for the council.

“The fact that so many of our schools have not only achieved Healthy School Status, but have gone on to gain higher accreditations, is proof of all the hard work and commitment that has been going on, both in the schools and the council, and I am very pleased that that work is being properly recognised here today.”

To qualify for NHSS, a school must collect and present evidence under all four of the programme’s themes: personal, social and health education; emotional health and wellbeing; healthy eating; and physical activity.

And they must also demonstrate how they involved the whole school community in the initiative.

The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of many education specialists involved in the programme: six professionals from the police and fire services collected certificates for achieving National PSHE/CPD Certification, which acknowledges their advanced skills for providing effective PSHEe in schools and other settings, and the council’s Standards Learning and Effectiveness Service was praised for gaining accreditation as a Centre of Excellence in personal finance education.

This means the team can now support schools and teachers with training and resources to help pupils develop the skills to thrive financially by the time they leave school.