• Bristol Healthy Schools launches new health and wellbeing badges

    Applications now open for this FREE programme for schools in Bristol

    Bristol Healthy Schools is changing. From December 2017 schools can now apply for 1 or more of the new ‘badges’. These cover a range of health topics from food to physical activity to dental health and will help not just improve pupil health but can impact on attainment and attendance too.  If we get children’s health right now, we prevent ill health later in life.

    The badges outline best practice criteria and reward the innovative work that schools are doing to improve pupil health and wellbeing. Plus, the new programme brings under its umbrella The Bristol Ideal, the innovative award focussing on healthy relationships, respect and gender equality.

    The Bristol Ideal was previously a separate piece of work but is now a badge within the Healthy Schools programme – https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/web/bristol-healthy-schools/our-badges-and-awards/bristol-ideal-badge

    Schools can now start working towards the standards which will assess them against the following:

    • your school has leadership for the prevention of and response to all forms of domestic and sexual violence and abuse (DSVA)
    • your school has a culture and environment that promotes healthy relationships, respect between pupils and respect for diversity, gender and sexuality equality
    • your school has an environment that promotes healthy relationships, respect between pupils and for diversity, gender and sexuality equality
    • your school delivers high quality teaching around DSVA, healthy relationships and gender equality
    • your school is committed to meaningful pupil and parent participation around DSVA, healthy relationships and gender equality
    • your school identifies DSVA needs within the school
    • your school has clear pathways and access to a choice of appropriate DSVA services, so staff and pupils are aware of and able to access this support
    • your school supports staff wellbeing

    It would be good if local schools in areas of need take up this offer and want to support this from a community perspective so please feel welcome to pass this on to schools you are in contact with and encourage them to work towards the badge.

    The new programme is heavily influenced by feedback from schools and was also consulted on with local experts in the different topic fields.  While the awards are a focus for the team in Public Health, the Healthy Schools programme is much broader and the team can provide settings with general advice, guidance and free training, regardless of whether schools embark on the badges or not.

    For more information, please contact the team on healthy.schools@bristol.gov.uk . Or at the new web address is www.bristol.gov.uk/healthyschools.

    Healthy Schools Team

    Young People’s Public Health Team

    Neighbourhoods Directorate
    City Hall
    Public Health (CH), P.O Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS
    healthy.schools@bristol.gov.uk

     

     

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