A Credit to Health in Schools
Wednesday 4th July 2012
Five Clackmannanshire primary schools were presented last week with their certificates to mark their accreditation as Health Promoting Schools.
The Forth Valley Health Promoting Schools Accreditation Scheme revised last year to be brought in line with local and national developments.
Kaye Hills, Clackmannanshire Council Education Support Officer, along with Ann McLaughlin, Senior Health Promotion Officer-NHS Forth Valley, Dorota Clark, Health and Wellbeing Champion,, Alison Blennerhassett, Health and Wellbeing Champion, and Lesley Murrie, Health and Wellbeing Champion, have spent this session assessing schools within Clackmannanshire under the new scheme-Positive Approaches to Health and Wellbeing 2011.
The successful schools were - Abercromby Primary School; Craigbank Primary; Fishcross Primary; St Serf's Primary; and Tillicoultry Primary.
The practice seen in relation to health and wellbeing was outstanding with the schools using imaginative and innovative ways to meet the needs of pupils and families.
In congratulating the five successful schools, Education Committee Convenor, Councillor Ellen Forson, said: "The professional dialogue between the services and partners worked extremely well and a strong commitment from all staff was evident. The accrediting team spoke to staff at all levels and in a variety of roles, pupils, parents and a range of partners and the depth of evidence came through strongly from all.
"The bar has been set very high for future visits to other schools taking part in the accreditation process.
"I am delighted that a stronger emphasis is now being placed on health within our schools. It is vital that we provide opportunities for our children to develop positive choices around health and wellbeing and that the HPS accreditation process highlights the fantastic practice taking place across Clackmannanshire."
The schools were presented with their Health Promoting Schools Certificates this week at Kilncraigs, Alloa by Clackmannanshire Council's Assistant Head of Education, Joanne Scott.
Representatives and pupils from every school accredited, our Health and Wellbeing Champions and colleagues from Forth Valley NHS were also present at the event to talk about some of their work.
The aim of The Forth Valley Health Promoting Schools Accreditation 2011 is to enable schools to provide an environment where the physical and mental wellbeing, health and safety of staff and pupils are supported, in partnership with family, community and external agencies.
It also aims to support schools in developing good practice in the development of policies, practices and structures that will underpin and facilitate a sustainable health promotion programme.
The whole school, partners and parents/carers are involved in the process and it features work in the following areas - the ethos and environment of the school; the quality of teaching and learning in health-related areas of the curriculum; links with the family, community and other agencies for health; and compliance with local and national priorities and legislation.
The Forth Valley Accreditation Scheme 2011 also provides a three tiered structured approach which supports schools in recognising existing good practice around these principle and practices.
Level 1 Accredited Health Promoting School; Level 2 Enhanced Health promoting School; and Level 3 Excelling as a Health Promoting School.
Head of Education, Belinda Greer added: "It recognises effective planning and highlights schools taking responsibility for future action to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone within its community.
"A health promoting school constantly strengthens its capacity and ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding and skills which they need now and in the future."