Having been awarded Leeds Advanced Healthy Schools Award we, as a school, are due to ‘re-validate’ our Healthy Schools status.
However, the recent changes nationally with Healthy Schools Awards and the launch of the Healthy Schools Enhancement Model (HSEM) in 2010, means that there are changes in the way that we apply to be accredited.
We will now complete an Annual Review to demonstrate that we are meeting the 41 criteria for National Healthy Schools Status. Having completed this, we will then be invited to engage with the Enhancement Model.
The Healthy Schools Enhancement Model (HSEM) has been designed to help schools to develop the wider thinking and planning they will need to do, in order to achieve better outcomes around health and wellbeing for children and young people.
It is intended to help schools strive for lasting health and well-being behaviour changes in children and young people, with a particular focus on providing targeted support for those who are most at risk. The enhancement model will also help schools identify the links between health and wellbeing and achievement and attainment in school.
The HSEM is an eight-stage model divided into three phases – planning, delivering and understanding what has changed. The format will help schools do this work in manageable stages and is anticipated to take schools two to three years to complete.
At Temple Moor High School Science College, we are working towards the model by setting up a working party involving staff, students, governors, parents and representatives from the wider community who will work to embed the principles of the Healthy Schools Award throughout the school. The work will be carried out during this academic year.