A Healthy School:
The C&P Healthy Schools Support Programme celebrates and supports the work schools undertake to help children and young people to be healthy, happy and achieve.
Schools play a vital role in helping children and young people to lead healthy lifestyles, helping them to develop and strengthen resilience to deal with adversity and stress, developing and reinforcing healthy habits and helping them with role modelling and testing healthy behaviours. The benefits of working on a whole school basis to develop and improve health and resilience go beyond health. We know that when children and young people are resilient, healthy and happy at school, they can also achieve more.
Our local schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are already doing excellent work to support health, wellbeing, and resilience. By providing access to guidance, resources, practical advice and targeted planning support this work can be enhanced through the C&P Healthy Schools Support Programme. Our team can also help school communities by facilitating access to quality assured support services that can be delivered directly in schools.
Locally, we want to recognise and celebrate the work of schools to improve the health, wellbeing, and resilience of their students. Schools can participate in our voluntary C&P Healthy Schools Support Programme Award Scheme, including three core levels of achievement – Bronze, Silver, and Gold. > Find out more
Our team can support schools with a number of areas covered by the framework, providing advice, guidance, and practical interventions. For further information see the links to Ofsted under ‘General’ in the Resources Centre.
The C&P Healthy Schools Support Programme has been designed around nine core health topics in line with the governments PSHE guidance/requirements:
1. Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
2. Economic Wellbeing
3. Health and Prevention
4. Healthy Eating
5. Mental Wellbeing
6. Physical Activity and Fitness
7. Safety and Resilience
8. Relationships (Primary schools)
9. Relationships and Sex Education (Secondary schools)
All schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can use the service and resources, whether or not they choose to join the network.
Being part of the network means that you will be invited to events and training opportunities. Schools can join the network by clicking the ‘Register with us today‘ button on this website and completing the brief form to be part of the formal network, allowing them to receive up to date information.
Yes. Any school in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is welcome to use the resources and access support from the dedicated team. The C&P Healthy Schools Support Programme is designed to support primary, secondary and special schools and pupil referral units.
As much or as little as meets their need. They can determine their own time commitment, with the knowledge that our team will support them as they progress.
The C&P Healthy Schools Support Programme is funded by a partnership between Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and is totally free for schools in the area.
Healthy School Status requires schools to meet the universal criteria as outlined for the Bronze Award.
The criteria relate not only to the taught curriculum but also to the emotional, physical and learning environment that the school provides. Many schools are already engaged in these activities so achieving recognition need not be onerous.
Schools are encouraged to take a whole school approach in order to:
Healthy Schools Status is valid for 3 years from the date the self-validation is accepted and confirmed by a member of the Healthy Schools team. However, it is recommended that the standards required for the Bronze Award are reviewed and updated regularly after verification to ensure the information is up to date and relevant.
Achieving the status of a Healthy School within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough demonstrates a commitment to the health, wellbeing and resilience of both the pupils and the staff. It also:
No, the Healthy Schools’ Awards are non-portfolio based awards. Following a school’s self-evaluation, there will be a visit from the Healthy Schools’ team; the aim being to validate the school’s fulfilment of the required criteria. Prior to this visit, the school will be asked for a number of documents such as curriculum plans and a range of policies linked to the core health themes of the award. The rest of the evidence will be collected via interviews with key stakeholders during the assessment visit.
Schools achieving the universal criteria for the Bronze Award will be entitled to use the Healthy Schools Cambridgeshire and Peterborough logo for 3 years. Following accreditation, the Healthy Schools awards framework enables schools to further improve the health behaviours of their pupils through conducting a needs analysis and generating a bespoke action plan. This plan has to include one universal action (ie: that will affect all the pupils in the school) and one targeted action (ie: that is aimed at a particular group of pupils in the school.) Fulfilment of the standards for each of the awards – bronze, silver and gold – will be recognised through the presentation of a plaque, individualised for each level of achievement.