Promoting health and wellbeing in school settings
Why promoting health and wellbeing in school settings is a priority
NEW – South Gloucestershire’s Sleep Toolkit (three age-related toolkits):
Online Pupil Survey Summary Report 2017
This report is a summary of findings from the second Online Pupil Survey (OPS) in South Gloucestershire with data from 6,133 children and young people. The aim of the OPS is to provide essential information for individual schools, South Gloucestershire Council and other stakeholders to find out how children and young people in South Gloucestershire behave and what they really think about a range of health-related issues. The survey was carried out from January 2017 to the end of March 2017 and will run again in 2019.Start reading
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).
Pupils’ responses to the local health and wellbeing online pupil survey (2017) provide a focus for partnership working across South Gloucestershire to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people e.g.:
- 18% of secondary aged pupils report never or rarely eating unhealthy snacks, and 38% are drinking fizzy drinks at least once a day. However, 87% report drinking still or tap water at least once a day.
- whilst the majority of pupils report eating breakfast regularly, this reduces as age increases and girls consistently ate breakfast less than boys, particularly in year 10 (53% of year 10 girls compared to 68% of year boys)
- most pupils’ physical activity each week does not meet the recommended six hours, with 68% (all ages) taking part in at least four hours plus of physical activity each week. Girls report taking part in less physical activity than boys
- Over 9 in10 pupils taking part in the survey report having never smoked
- 25% of primary pupils and 20% of secondary and year 12 pupils are so often worried about something they cannot sleep at night and girls are more ‘stressed’ than boys (30% compared to 13%)
- 74% of year 8s and 10s report it is quite or very likely they will go into further education or training
- When asked “Is there anything that you feel you need to know more about?” the following responses were given: Money management – 38% of secondary and year 12s; Politics – 27% of secondary and year 12s; Cooking skills – 33% of all ages; Stress management – 26% of all ages; Anger management – 20% all ages.
- South Gloucestershire’s Anxiety Toolkit
- support for children and young people’s mental health
- support for drug and alcohol education and substance use
- support for developing healthier relationships and sexual health
- support for safeguarding children and young people
- Child Injury Prevention – includes a downloadable Grandparent Home Safety check list
We actively encourage all schools to take part in our 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. HiSP is an award scheme open to all primary, secondary and special schools. It starts with a health and wellbeing self-review capturing what is working well and identifying areas for further development. There are three levels to apply for:
- Bronze award – being a health and wellbeing promoting school
- Silver award – measuring healthier behaviour change
- Gold award – working in partnership to promote and sustain health and wellbeing
If you would like to sign up for the next cohort or would like more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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