Healthy Living & Community Links – the roles of Local Schools
Key to all successful and high achieving schools is the need to focus and deliver activities to pupils, which enable:
- Enhanced Healthy Schools status: healthy and active lifestyles, through activities which promote informed health choices by pupils
- Good working relationships with parents/carers and family members – providing opportunities for all families to get involved with school activities where possible
- Activities which can be targeted to support specific groups of vulnerable pupils and their specific needs: to build resilience; to promote healthy relationships and communication between them and other pupils and family members; to support the most excluded: those with physical and mental health disabilities; young carers; pupil premium plus pupils; looked after and kinship children.
- Inter-generational work and increased confidence and self-esteem: through shared activities such as gardening and crafts
- Raised aspirations: through activities which open children’s eyes to their local neighbourhoods: through linkages with community organisations and services
We also believe that secondary schools are in a prime position to work closely with neighbourhood based groups and organisations. We are able to link children and young people with community activities and expand their world beyond simply the playground and home settings.
This can open up pupils awareness as to the range of play, youth, family and environment work happening locally – and this can have a positive impact on the whole family