Toolkit launched to help schools obtain a Healthy Schools Award

Schools across Telford and Wrekin now have access to a handy toolkit packed with resources to help them become more healthy schools.

Developed by Telford & Wrekin Council, the schools' Health and Wellbeing Toolkit provides guaranteed quality classroom resources relating to physical activity, food & nutrition, and wellbeing.

The toolkit has everything a school needs to help meet the Relationship Health and Sex Education curriculum requirements and obtain a Healthy Schools Award.

After achieving a Gold Healthy Schools Award, Lilleshall Primary School saw how focusing on health and wellbeing can be beneficial to children.

Christobel Cousins, Head Teacher at Lilleshall Primary School, said: 

“We wanted to achieve a Healthy Schools Award to acknowledge that we are developing well-rounded children.

“It's important because well-rounded children achieve more academically and have a better attitude to learning – you don't know what a seven-year-old will achieve in future and what their passion will be. 

“We have a week dedicated to children trying a sport they normally couldn't do in school. Penny Healy was introduced to archery as a student at Lilleshall Primary School; now, she has gone on to win gold at the Archery Indoor World Series. After giving different sports a go, other ex-pupils have competed at a national level in climbing, golf and hockey.

“When we looked at the Healthy School Award, we saw we were doing quite a lot of what we needed to do already, and I am sure most schools are the same. 

“For example, we already provided veg to our kitchen, so it was just a small tweak to let children go and prepare it. 

“Going for an award like this can challenge schools to tighten things, provide that encouragement to get around putting new things in place and helps to broaden our understanding of what we do as a school.

Councillor Shirley Reynolds (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

“It was wonderful to see at Lilleshall Primary School how having a greater focus on health and wellbeing which can have a considerable impact on a child’s learning and behaviour.

"This toolkit will help teachers and schools to save time, make it easier to meet curriculum requirements, and help them strive to meet even higher standards."

Cllr Kelly Middleton (Lab), Cabinet Member for Leisure, Public Health and Wellbeing, Equalities and Partnerships, said: 

"All parents want their children to have the best start in life, and this council is on their side, working towards the same goal for all young people in the borough.

"Through this toolkit we will be encouraging schools and providing that help to improve children’s health and wellbeing.”

Pictured: Christobel Cousins, Head Teacher at Lilleshall Primary School (centre) Councillor Shirley Reynolds (right) Cllr Kelly Middleton (left) with pupils from Lilleshall Primary School.