Bronze, Silver or Gold; how healthy is your school?
Children spend 190 days a year at school. That’s a lot of days. A reminder to us all just how unique an opportunity schools have to impact the lives of children.
So when it comes to their health and wellbeing, the question asked is not only how healthy are the pupils but how healthy is the school?
This question comes as part of the 2016’s Childhood Obesity Plan, which proposed a healthy schools rating scheme. July 2019 saw the publication of this rating scheme by the Department for Education (DfE).
What exactly is the healthy school rating scheme?
The rating scheme is used to recognise and encourage schools’ contributions to pupils’ health and wellbeing.
The voluntary scheme aims to help primary and secondary schools support children to eat better and move more.
Schools are to complete a self-assessment and, based on their responses, will receive a report and rating of either Gold, Silver, Bronze or no award.
Launched as a Beta phase for schools for its first year, feedback is welcomed by the DfE to inform future development and improvement.
What does the survey cover?
Questions are posed in regards to 4 key areas:
- Food education, including in the curriculum and teacher training
- Compliance with the school food standards
- The amount of time children spend on physical education each week
- Participation in active travel schemes
Why should schools participate?
First and foremost, to ensure everything is being done to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
It’s a chance for both celebration and reflection.
Although the DfE themselves will not publicise any results, schools are encouraged to share their achievements with parents, pupils, Ofsted and the wider school community. Why?
- To celebrate the positive actions your school is delivering in terms of healthy living, healthy eating and physical activity
- To help start conversations among staff and parents about how the school might build on its positive work in future years
How can schools participate?
The scheme is available to all schools participating in the Active Lives Children and Young People survey run by Sport England and Ipsos MORI.
To take part, contact your local Active Partnerships representative, who coordinates the survey for schools in your local area.
Is your school doing all they can to support pupils’ health and wellbeing?
Do you think you’d get a bronze, silver or gold?
Ready to find out?