A credit to health in schools
Published 9 Jul 2012 11:00 0 Comments
FIVE Clackmannanshire primary schools were presented with certificates last week to mark their accreditation as Health Promoting Schools.
The Forth Valley Health Promoting Schools Accreditation Scheme revised last year to be brought in line with local and national developments.
Schools within Clackmannanshire have been assessed this session under the new scheme - Positive Approaches to Health and Wellbeing 2011.
The successful schools were - Abercromby, Craigbank, Fishcross, St Serf's and Tillicoultry primaries.
The practice seen in relation to health and wellbeing was outstanding with the schools using imaginative and innovative ways to meet the needs of pupils and families.
In congratulating the schools, Education Committee convenor, councillor Ellen Forson, said, "The professional dialogue between the services and partners worked extremely well and a strong commitment from all staff was evident. The accrediting team spoke to staff at all levels and in a variety of roles, pupils, parents and a range of partners and the depth of evidence came through strongly from all.
"The bar has been set very high for future visits to other schools taking part in the accreditation process.
"I am delighted that a stronger emphasis is now being placed on health within our schools. It is vital that we provide opportunities for our children to develop positive choices around health and wellbeing and that the HPS accreditation process highlights the fantastic practice taking place across Clackmannanshire."
The schools were presented with their certificates at Kilncraigs, Alloa by Clackmannanshire Council's assistant head of education, Joanne Scott.
Representatives and pupils from every school accredited attended, as well as health and wellbeing champions and colleagues from Forth Valley NHS.
The aim of The Forth Valley Health Promoting Schools Accreditation 2011 is to enable schools to provide an environment where the physical and mental wellbeing, health and safety of staff and pupils are supported, in partnership with family, community and external agencies.
It also aims to support schools in developing good practice in the development of policies, practices and structures that will underpin and facilitate a sustainable health promotion programme.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 09 Jul 12
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