New health kick for schools

Arts & Education
SCHOOLS have celebrated taking part in a new scheme to help them support the health and wellbeing of pupils.
Approximately half of Tameside schools have now completed the School Online Health Check – a web-based self evaluation tool to assess schools’ needs on areas such as
physical activity, healthy eating, sex and relationships, drugs and alcohol and emotional and mental health.
At the end of the process, schools identify two areas for improvement and are supported in developing and delivering an action plan.
All the schools involved in the scheme were invited to a School Health and Wellbeing fair at Dukinfield Town Hall, on 28 September, to receive awards to celebrate their achievement and share success stories.
Examples of the steps schools have taken following the health checks include: introducing new policies and lesson plans, working more with charities and local community organisations, communicating more with parents and also addressing staff wellbeing.
The fair – which was open to all schools  - aimed to provide school staff with information on local services to support health and wellbeing, as well as help them to share good practice and develop contacts and further partnership working
Both the health check and the fair were organised by Tameside Children and Young People’s Partnership Forum, which represents a diverse range of organisations from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors. The aim of the forum is to give children, young people and their families the means to access a healthier and happier future for themselves.
Tameside Council Executive Member for Healthy and Working Cllr Ged Cooney, who helped to present the awards, said: “Huge congratulations and thanks to all the schools who have got involved in the health checks and embraced this opportunity to further improve what they are doing to support the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff. I know how much hard work has been put into this from school staff and from the forum and it is great to hear that it is already achieving positive results.”