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PQ Healthy Schools

Via They Work For You:

Mr. Laws:

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of schools in each local authority have achieved healthy school status; and if he will make a statement.

Kevin Brennan:

The numbers and proportions of schools who have achieved National Healthy School Status for each local authority as at 21 February 2008, are shown on the following table.

The National Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) promotes a whole school approach to health. Nationally, over 57 per cent. (12,484) of schools are now Healthy Schools which means the programme is on track to meet its published target of 75 per cent. of schools achieving National Healthy School Status by the end of December 2009.

The table is produced below:

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Concern at low number of healthy schools – East Anglia

The East Anglia Daily Times reflects on a report about the number of Healthy Schools in the region.

LESS than 40% of schools in East Anglia have achieved Healthy Schools status, according to a new report.

Accreditation to the initiative, introduced by the Government to halt the increase in childhood obesity and boost the health of youngsters, is 10% lower in the region than the national average.

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PQ on National Healthy Schools

As you know the government use National Healthy School status as an indicator in the delivery of the drug strategy. So this question and answer may be of interest:

Don Foster (Bath, Liberal Democrat): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

  1. if he will place in the Library a copy of the PA consulting review of the Healthy Schools programme;
  2. what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of schools which are participating in the National Healthy Schools programme; what proportion of them have achieved National Healthy School status; and

if he will make a statement.

Parmjit Dhanda (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills): The PA consulting review of the National Healthy Schools programme was a short exercise conducted for internal purposes, and to help steer our planned three-year research into the impact of the programme on promoting healthier lifestyle in schools. We do plan to place a copy of the review in the House of Commons Library in the coming month.

From September 2005, we had incorporated a more rigorous approach to the National Healthy Schools programme. Schools will have to meet criteria in all four core themes to satisfy the requirements of National Healthy Schools Status.

As at 21 May 2007, 20,256 (88.8 per cent.) schools are participating in the programme with 7,307 (32.3 per cent.) schools having achieved National Healthy schools status.

Schools: Health: 24 May 2007: Written answers (TheyWorkForYou.com)

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Holistic Health Education

Life Education Centres – a Drug Education Forum member – has a briefing paper on Healthy Schools that you may find of interest.

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Schools ‘failing over drug abuse’

The Guardian carries a story about the amount and effectiveness of drug education in schools. The story comes from a report issued by Ofsted:

Ofsted said most of schools in the survey, which were chosen for their good records on health matters, were making ‘a valuable contribution’ children’s well-being.

But inspectors said all schools in England should make sure they highlight the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Drug education in schools ‘continues to present a very mixed picture’, the report said.

‘While drugs education featured in most schools’ planning, and there was provision for drugs education in all the schools, there was too little focus on the social implications of drug-taking.

The report, Healthy schools, healthy children makes a number of other key points, including:

The NHSP had a positive impact in all the schools. Almost all the survey schools were strongly and actively committed to improving pupils’ health and well-being.

In all the schools, personal, social and health education (PSHE) played a positive role in promoting pupils’ health and well-being, but effective assessment of it, linked to clear learning objectives and outcomes, was absent. Little use had been made of the assessment guidance from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

In 13 of the 18 survey schools, pupils were taught the skills and understanding to make healthy choices but a minority of the schools focused too little on the potential impact of drugs, smoking and alcohol on
pupils’ lives. Schools that contributed well to pupils’ health and well-being used external agencies very effectively, especially to teach about drugs, and sex and relationships education.

The BBC also cover the story.

You can read the Drug Education Forum’s response here.

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This blog tries to pick up relevant media and research stories about drug education. It mainly focuses on information in England as this is the geographical remit for the Drug Education Forum. We welcome comments that are on topic.

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