Schools can become a Silver Level Wiltshire Healthy School by completing a self-assessment audit. If Silver Level is started within two years of achieving Bronze Level, a fast-track audit can be used to speed up the process. Once completed, Silver Level status is valid for two years.
The Silver Level audit shares common features with the Bronze Level audit. Like the Bronze, it covers many of the criteria from the National Healthy Schools Audit, but it demands more challenging and in-depth analysis of school provision under the headings of:
- The Whole School Approach
- Healthy Weight (incorporating Healthy Eating and Physical Activity)
- Emotional Health and Wellbeing
As a school completes the online audit, areas for development can be identified and a simple action plan produced.
In addition to the audit, schools working at Silver Level are required to also carry out some focused health and wellbeing interventions to make measurable changes to the health behaviours of children and young people. Schools are requested to demonstrate evidence of need by using in-house or local health data to assist with identifying one OR two outcomes they would like to achieve to improve the health behaviours of their pupils and/or staff. Schools are also required to consider how they will ensure maximum engagement of pupils from vulnerable groups.They then devise some activities to address these issues and set targets to achieve within two years of commencement.
Like the Bronze Level, schools can not access the Silver Level independently. The school will work through the Silver Level and gain accreditation with the support of Wiltshire's PDE Advisers.
Full accreditation consists of:
- A full days introductory training course
- A half day 'Wiltshire Healthy Schools' network meeting
- Telephone and email support from PDE Advisers
- Final assessment by PDE Advisers and award of 'Wiltshire Healthy Schools Silver Level' wall plaque
Cost: £100 per school
Once a school becomes a Silver Level Healthy School they can choose to maintain this level every two years, or move onto the more challenging Gold Level.