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Wiltshire Healthy Schools

This Wiltshire Council programme is provided by Chidren's Services working with Public Health and School Effectiveness to present a joined up approach to support schools address the health and wellbeing of all young people.

The programme clarifies the actions all schools can take to promote the health and wellbeing of young people, from universal prevention and education to targeted interventions and treatment. The programme brings together good practice on all health related issues and provides consistent messages, encouraging and supporting schools to focus on approaches that are particularly effective. 

This provides a framework for all Wiltshire schools to audit their current provision, identify areas for development, implement new work and monitor their progress, including the impact for their children and young people.    

This local programme builds on the previous National Healthy Schools Status (NHSS) criteria for primary and secondary school settings and the work during the South West Healthy School Plus pilot. The standards are designed to be audited every 2 years (every 3 years from May 2015).

Schools can opt to take part in Wiltshire Healthy Schools at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold

The Wiltshire Healthy Schools Standards have been developed to meet the health priorities and needs of the children and young people of Wiltshire. The Standards are linked to the current Ofsted Common Inspection Framework, national and local Public Health Outcomes and other guidance for schools including from NICE (National Institute of health and Care Excellence).  

Schools achieving the Wiltshire Healthy Schools Standards are entitled to use the programme logo and can be confident in their knowledge that they have set the foundation for best practise in Health Promotion throughout their setting. Following accreditation, the Wiltshire Healthy Schools approach enables schools to work towards further improving health behaviours of children and young people.