Lancashire schools are leading the way in helping their staff and pupils to become healthy.
More than 500 schools in the county have signed-up to Lancashire's Healthy Schools Programme to develop the emotional and physical wellbeing of all pupils and staff.
To gain the status schools must prove to Lancashire County Council's Healthy Schools team that they have reached standards in five themes such as promoting the school ethos, teaching and learning, healthy eating, physical activity, drug education and sex relationships education.
The nine latest schools to achieve the status received plaques and certificates at a Healthy Schools conference hosted by the County Council.
Roz Caught from the National Healthy Schools team spoke at the conference about the success of the national certificated training programme for teaching personal, social and health education (PSHE).
The conference, which was held in Chorley, attracted education and health professionals from all over Lancashire and included workshops dedicated to dance in schools, tackling emotional health and well-being, sexual health, the role of the school nurse and staff health.
The County Council's Healthy Schools co-ordinator, Heather Hardy, said:
"We're delighted that so many schools throughout Lancashire are putting their hearts into becoming healthy as this reflects national initiatives to improve well-being.
"Schools are now including health in many different and innovative ways and this is leading to an improvement in their pupils' educational achievements in addition to the more obvious long term health benefits."
Notes for editors:
Lancashire's Healthy Schools Programme is a partnership involving Lancashire's local education authority and primary care trusts throughout the county.
The latest schools to receive their Healthy School Status awards are:
- Ashton-on Ribble High School, Preston
- Alder Grange High School, Rawtenstall
- Brabin's Endowed Primary School, Chipping,
- Morecambe Road Primary School, Morecambe
- Red Marsh School, Thornton Cleveleys
- The Breck Primary School. Poulton le Fylde
- Broadfield School, Oswaldtwistle
- Astley Park School, Chorley
- Catforth Primary School, Preston
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