Healthy Schools Initiatives
A variety of programmes and resources are currently available in Haringey, to enable schools to work towards the Healthy Schools agenda.
Haringey Council is launching its own SUGAR SMART campaign called SUGAR SMART Haringey. We are asking our community leaders (schools, organisations, businesses and workplaces) to help us to reduce the amount of sugar we all consume.
As part of SUGAR SMART Haringey we are calling on schools to help children to eat less sugar and drink more water. This campaign is a priority for the Haringey Healthy Schools Programme, and schools can achieve their Healthy Schools London Silver and Gold awards through participation in this initiative.
To become a SUGAR SMART school, Healthy Schools Haringey has produced a checklist and resources to work towards the following three pledges:
- Become a water only school (except for plain milk)
- Reduce sugar in snacks and food eaten at school
- Raise awareness about sugar with children and their families
Find out more on our SUGAR SMART Haringey page.
Active Mile initiatives
In line with the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan (external link), Haringey Council is encouraging primary schools to adopt an active mile initiative such as signing up for the Daily Mile (external link). Active mile initiatives like this can improve the physical, social, and mental wellbeing of our children - regardless of age, ability or circumstance. Building this kind of activity into daily life and encouraging young people away from their screens will be instrumental in helping to reduce childhood obesity.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
RSE is vital for improving young people’s sexual health and keeping them safe from harm. The Children and Social Work Act 2017 (external link) placed a duty on the Secretary of State for Education to make the new subjects of Relationships Education at primary and RSE at secondary mandatory. From September 2020, all schools, including maintained schools, academies and independent schools, will be required to teach RSE.
Saucy Sandwich Snaps
In February 2018, Haringey Council and a range of local partners organised a ‘hackathon-style’ event called #FixUp_LookSharp for young people in the borough to generate innovative ideas to tackle the issue of obesity in Haringey. The winning concept was a social media campaign and competition to design a healthy sandwich. The suggested name for the concept was Saucy Sandwich Snaps. Haringey Council has commissioned the youth communications charity Exposure (external link) to work with young people to launch the competition to schools during the 2018 autumn term.
Health Related Behaviour Survey
Children and young people in Haringey have been busy taking part in an important survey to share their experiences of health and wellbeing at home and in school. The Health Related Behaviour Survey is administered every two years by the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU), and the findings provide a wide range of fascinating insights into the health awareness and choices made by children and young people. The latest survey was conducted during the 2017/18 academic year, and the results are available below:
Face Front Inclusive Theatre
Haringey Public Health part commissions Face Front Inclusive Theatre (external link) to deliver their SEX FM production in secondary schools and Whisper Me Happy Ever After production in primary schools. Face Front will be touring Whisper Me Happy Ever After during the 2018 autumn term, and intends to tour the SEX FM production during the 2019 spring term.
Haringey Public Health part commissions A-Life (external link) to bring the curriculum to life with hands-on activities that are accessible for all ages and abilities including mixed language groups and Special Educational Needs (SEN). All activities are carefully planned and prepared to meet objectives set out in the Science, PE and PSHE curriculum in a fun and interactive way. This year, A-Life will be specifically targeting schools with a higher prevalence of childhood obesity.
Download the Haringey Healthy Schools campaign calendar (PDF, 130KB).
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