Healthy Schools

What is a 'Healthy School'?

There are many contributing factors to being a 'healthy school'. Being healthy, safe, cared for, having a voice and influence are fundamental prerequisites to being 'ready to learn' and achieving our best. The Healthy Schools Programme aims to ensure that we help children and young people to grow healthily, safely and responsibly and to become active citizens who do their bit for society and for the the environment.

The National Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) is a joint Department of Health and Department for Children, Schools and Families project intended to improve health, raise pupil achievement, improve social inclusion and encourage closer working together between health and education providers. The Programme started in 1999.

There are four themes to the Healthy Schools programme:
1. Personal, Social and Health Education - provides young people with knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives.
2. Healthy Eating - includes healthy and nutritious foods being made in school kitchens and available in schools as well as enabling young people to make informed decisions about healthy food.
3. Physical Activity - encourages young people to do physical activity as well as being given opportunities to be physically active. It helps understanding on how physical activity can make people healthier and can improve life as well as being part of it.
4. Emotional Health and Well-being - this includes bullying, how to express feelings build confidence and emotional strength. It is the promotion of positive emotional health and well being.

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