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Healthy schools

Children do better at school if they are happy, healthy and safe.

The Healthy Schools Programme supports schools to recognise and celebrate achievements in whole-school health improvement. It is a simple way to collate evidence that will be useful for Ofsted inspection judgement areas.

The programme brings together the:

It builds on previous evidence-based local approaches. The programme has the support of East Sussex Public Health and the School Health Service.

School Health Check

The School Health Check is an online tool for schools to self-evaluate.

Use it to:

  • guide and measure improvements
  • work towards Healthy School Status

The school health check covers four core themes:

  • healthy eating
  • physical activity
  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • PSHE

Each theme links to 10 strands identified in the whole school approach. Use the tool to highlight areas of strength or in need of development (aligned to Ofsted descriptors). The tool puts these next steps into an online action plan.

Health improvement specialists from the School Health Service can support you. They offer advice, guidance and signposting to high quality resources.

Register for the School Health Check

  • Go to Healthy Schools and click ‘Register’.
  • In ‘County’ drop-down list select ‘East Sussex’ and then choose your school.
  • Complete your school’s details. In ‘billing details’, enter ‘East Sussex County Council’ in every box.
  • Click ‘Create an account’.

You will receive email to confirm and provide access to your account.

Now you can complete a school health check self-assessment.

PSHE offer from the School Health Service

The School Health Service are a team of public health practitioners, led by school nurses. We work with children, young people and families. Pupils do not have to be in school to use this service.

We also work and consult with schools. Some areas of the statutory curriculum may be more challenging to deliver than others, such as:

  • Relationships education
  • Relationships and sex education
  • Health education

We have developed an initial programme of PSHE support for schools. This includes:

  • Termly webinar workshops to increase confidence on specific topics.
  • Pupil sessions, like live puberty question and answer sessions with the school nurse and health promotion events in secondary schools.

This complements the work of the work of the East Sussex PSHE Hubs.

Contact the School Health Service

For more information:

Email: kchft.schoolhealthplan@nhs.net

Use the: School Health Service referral form

Phone: 0300 1234 062

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