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Essex Healthy Schools Programme

Page last updated: 16/06/2020

​​​​​​​​​Being healthy, safe, cared for and having a voice are fundamental prerequisites to being 'ready to learn' and achieving true potential. 

The aim of The Essex Healthy Schools Programme is to support schools to help their children and young people to grow healthily, safely and responsibly and to recognise and share good practice.

Latest Information

Meetings and Training

Upcoming training opportunities:

Policy and Guidance

PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.   

Support for your School

Every school engaging in the Essex Healthy Schools Programme will have access to a named Healthy Schools Coordinator who can support through network meetings, 1:1 or cluster group meetings, training etc. ​Schools engaging with the Enhanced level of Healthy Schools will have increased support from the Health Improvement ​team.

Good News Stories

Below are examples of good practice within the Essex Healthy Schools Programme at Foundation and Enhanced levels, Youth Health Champions and Risk Avert:

Useful Websites

Below are some useful links to national and local datasets to help you with your needs analysis. 

  • ChiMat​ - the National Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat) provides information and intelligence to improve decision-making for high quality, cost effective services. It supports policy makers, commissioners, managers, regulators, and other health stakeholders working on children's, young people's and maternal health
  • Outcomes Star​ - a unique tool for supporting and measuring change when working with vulnerable people
  • Health Profiles - the Department of Health's programme to improve availability and accessibility to health and health-related information in England. They give a snapshot overview of health for each Local Authority in England
  • SHEU​ - the specialist provider or reliable survey data for schools and colleges
  • Ofsted​ - the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial. We inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages
Further information can be found on the Useful Resources​ page, or for specific queries, please email public.health@essex.gov.uk ​​​​​​​
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