The whole school approach

The whole school approach

A Healthy School is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a health promoting setting for living, learning and working. A Healthy School seeks to provide a healthy environment that engages all - children and young people, staff, parents and carers and the wider community through a Whole School Approach.

The Whole School Approach is at the heart of health and wellbeing work and healthy schools in Leicestershire.

The Whole School Approach:

  • aims to develop an ethos and environment that supports learning and promotes the health and wellbeing of all in the school community
  • consults and encourages participation of all within the school community
  • and is an extremely effective, evidence-based school improvement mechanism that brings about and embeds cultural change in schools.
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The World Health Organisation...

...recognises the importance of health and wellbeing in the school setting and states that a Healthy School:

"...strives to provide a healthy environment, school health education and school health services, along with school community projects, health promotion programmes for staff, healthier eating, opportunities for physical education and recreation and programmes for counselling, social support and mental health promotion".

The Public Health England 8 Principles of a Whole School Approach to EHWB provide a good structure in which to reflect on the Whole School Approach.

We will be using the Whole School Approach / 8 Principles as the basis for our support for schools and renewing your healthy schools status and for achieving enhanced healthy schools status.

8 Principles

School Governors

Governance is about overseeing the success of the school. It is about agreeing priorities and monitoring progress towards them. It is not about running or managing the school or college – that is the job of paid professionals. Governance is about providing constructive support and challenge to leaders and managers to enable them to do their job to the best of their ability. Strong governance is becoming all the more essential as schools and colleges become more autonomous.

The Government and Ofsted have high expectations of governing bodies to:

  • set the vision and ethos
  • establish strategic direction
  • promote high standards of educational achievement
  • appoint a headteacher or principal and hold them to account for the performance of pupils and staff
  • oversee the financial performance of the school or college, making sure money is well spent.

Some schools work together as multi-academy trusts – these organisations can be involved in the education of thousands of pupils with significant budgets. They need strong corporate governance and trustees with financial and leadership experience to support them.

PSHE Education and the Role of the Governor

"Governing bodies are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability. Governing bodies have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education." (John Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools).

PSHE education provides pupils with opportunities to develop key skills and attributes to keep themselves healthy and safe and to thrive, thus helping children and young people achieve the best possible outcomes in life and work. While PSHE is a non-statutory subject, section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework states that: 'All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice.'

As governors are a key driving force, who play a vital role in making decisions regarding the curriculum, it is paramount they are actively involved in tailoring the PSHE curriculum to the needs of the pupils within the school.

School Council Links

The purpose of a school council is to give the children in it a voice and encourage them to get involved in issues that concern both the school and their local community. The success of the School Council will rely on building strong communication links between school staff, parents and carers, and school governors. A governor presence at school council meetings on occasion is a great way to link the work of the governors and the work of the school council.

Training Opportunities

We welcome governors to attend the training sessions we have on offer, in an array of health and wellbeing areas. Some of the training sessions we offer, include: Suicide prevention and self-harm, mental health first aid training, bereavement, PSHE, RSE, drug alcohol and tobacco education to name a few.

Resources and Guidance for Governors

The PSHE Association provide a large amount of guidance around PSHE, including lesson plans and resources that schools can use and adapt. Your school can become a member of the PSHE Association (there is a cost associated for a full membership). One of the documents you can access, if you are a member, is the PSHE Education Briefing for Governors

The Department for Education produces a handbook for school governors, which contains information about the role of the governing body, constitution and procedure, education and inspection and pupil wellbeing.

The National Governors' Association, strives to improve the well-being of children and young people, by promoting high standards in all our schools, and improving the effectiveness of their governing boards. The NGA is the only independent board representing governors at national level across England. You can view the Written Evidence submitted by National Governors Association (NGA) regarding PSHE.

Useful websites for school governors