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Promoting health and wellbeing in school settings

Why promoting health and wellbeing in school settings is a priority

Research indicates that good health in children contributes to positive educational outcomes which in turn result in better health throughout adult life (Youngblade et al, 2007).

The Public health and wellbeing division of the council currently facilitates several aspects of support, advice and guidance on health and wellbeing for schools, see useful links below. A new SharePoint site for educational settings to access a range of PSHE and mental health resources, policies and lesson plans is being designed, and when ready, will be accessible here.

Schools are actively encouraged to take part in the local Health in Schools programme (HiSP) which brings together the best evidence based health promotion practice and sets achievable challenges to improve the health and wellbeing for everyone within the school community. The programme is currently paused and will be relaunched for the new school year (September 2022).

Keep up to date with local and national news in the public Health school’s bulletin. All issues can be located in the drop down list +Promoting Health and wellbeing in school settings through this link bulletins.

About the South Gloucestershire Health and wellbeing Online Pupil Survey (OPS)

The OPS provides important and comprehensive data that adds to the picture of health and wellbeing needs of children and young people across the local authority. The OPS started in 2015 and is run every other year in term 3 (January/February). Participation has increased from 6,000 children and young people in 2015 and 2017 to over 8,000 in 2021.

The children and young people taking part in the survey provide a powerful vehicle for their voices to steer local decision-makers to understand and address children and young people feelings and health behaviours.

Due to Covid-19, the OPS 2021 ran from mid-May to mid-July, with most schools participating in June instead of the Spring term as in previous surveys. The OPS21 has data from 8,025 pupils aged 8 to 18 years old from 78 schools and settings covering over 400 questions and sub-questions.

Read the summary report for the Online Pupil Survey 2021

You can also read the OPS15 summary report.

Useful links:

For more information on items on this page please contact: healthinschoolprogramme@southglos.gov.uk

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