Health & Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of children and young people can play an influential role in their levels of educational attainment. The Public Health team locally recognise the importance of working in partnership to promote the health and wellbeing of children in our borough. Public Health England has emphasised the integral role good health and wellbeing can play as a part of a school effectiveness strategy. Evidence provided by Public Health England shows the relationship good health and wellbeing enjoy with areas that are of direct concern to schools.
The following four key areas have been identified:
- Pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically.
- Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing, and better achievement.
- The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.
- A positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of pupils.
Under the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, the curriculum must:
'Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life.'
Therefore schools should be aware of the crucial role health and wellbeing can play as a part of their broader school effectiveness strategy and curriculum. Evidence has found that ‘coordinated school health programmes that promote health through explicit teaching in the curriculum and broader work to promote a healthier school environment’ can have a positive effect on attainment.
For further information on this, registered users can download the Public Health England briefing for headteachers, governors and staff in education settings below.
Ofsted has also identified a strong link between those schools that received a high grade for personal social health education (PSHE), in a subject that is likely to address the issue of health and wellbeing and those schools which are likely to be graded as outstanding for overall effectiveness. For further information on this, please access the Ofsted report regarding this issue below.
Sexual Health Services
A range of sexual health services are provided for all young people in the borough including access to free condoms, emergency contraception and screening for sexually transmitted infections. Young people can also access advice and support from a range of professionals if they have any worries or concerns about their sexual health.
Dedicated workers also visit schools to provide sexual health and contraception information and advice about sexual health services, registration onto the free condom scheme and testing for chlamydia.
Schools can request this service by contacting:
For further information on services provided by the London Borough of Waltham Forest, schools can visit the council pages regarding sexual health services and more specific information concerning contraception by clicking on the hyperlinks provided.
Please see other useful links below for more information about promoting the health and wellbeing of your pupils and staff.
For more information on the Healthy Schools London programme, including learning how to sign up for your bronze, silver and gold awards, please contact:
Claire Mulrenan, Public Health Strategist - Health in Schools
020 8496 4633
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