Health Promotion by dfsiopmhy6


									                          Jordanhill School
                     Policy on Health Promotion
Introduction to Policy                                           Introduction
The concept of health promotion is fundamental to the            Objectives
ethos and practice within Jordanhill School and acts to          Scope
promote health and well-being of all members of the              Leadership
establishment community as well as supporting and                Ethos
reinforcing the subject matter and messages expressed
in the Personal and Social Education curriculum.
A broad definition of the ‘health promoting school’ has          PSE and Health
been given by the World Health Organisation (1995) as:           Environment
        “one in which all members of the school
        community work together to provide children and young people with integrated and
        positive experiences and structures, which promote and protect their health. This
        includes both the formal and informal curriculum in health, the creation of a safe and
        healthy school environment, the provision of appropriate health services and the
        involvement of the family and wider community in efforts to promote health.”

A working definition of health promoting schools has been developed by the Scottish Health
Promoting Schools Unit (SHPSU) in its document Being Well Doing Well. As well as providing a
broad statement on the holistic nature of health promotion, it in addition serves as a foundation
for planning purposes. Being Well Doing Well sets out six key characteristics of health promoting
schools. These are:

        •   Leadership and Management
        •   Ethos
        •   Partnership Working
        •   Curriculum, Learning and Teaching
        •   Personal, social and health education programmes
        •   Environment, resources and facilities,

The HMIe report “Health Promotion – Issues for Councils and Schools” (1999) recommended

        “Councils should give health promotion a high priority in strategic planning… Schools
        should set themselves the goal of becoming health promoting.”

“Self Evaluation Series E: How Good Is Our School? / Child At The Centre – The Health Promoting
School” (HMIE 2004) gives advice on becoming health promoting using self-evaluation.
Aims of the Policy

The aim of this policy is to express the essential aspirations of Jordanhill School with regard to
health promotion, to bring together all the features which will make it a health promoting school,
and, to provide outcomes which can inform the school development plan as the means of
ensuring that we can demonstrate that we are a health promoting school. Therefore, the policy
expresses our strategic intentions, witnessed in the whole school planning undertaken in the
school, but also outlines the principles and mechanisms by which we establish specific
deliverables to pupils and the wider community, across a wide range of Health Promotion related

In this work we have followed advice and guidelines expressed in the documents noted in the
Reference Section of this policy statement.

Objectives of the Policy

In particular we wish to ensure that the key characteristics of a Health Promoting School, as
defined in Being Well Doing Well are exemplified in the work of Jordanhill School. This involves
ensuring that the health and well being of our pupils is a feature of school life and ethos.

It is furthermore an objective that the development of a health promotion policy should be a
process that helps us to plan strategically and systematically to meet the standards required of a
Health Promoting School and to. Therefore we have established as an objective that the principal
aims of the health promotion policy are driven by the School Improvement Plan and
Departmental Development Plans are the driving force that ensures that the objectives
within the policy will be achieved. Leadership at all levels is required to take health forward.

Furthermore, it is an objective for the school that our staff are able to take forward these plans
into actions which are meaningful and effective in the promotion of Health and Well-being. This
will inform our curricular programmes, our partnerships with other agencies, our systems for
pupil support and our use of resources

Lastly, it is an objective of the policy that it prepares the ground for us to meet the standards
required for external verification as a Health Promoting School.

Scope of the Policy

The policy covers the following areas, which are emphasised as having special significance for the
purposes of helping the school to achieve Health Promoting Schools status.

        •    Leadership and Management
        •    Ethos
        •    Partnership Working
        •    Curriculum, Learning and Teaching
        •    Personal, social and health education programmes
        •    Environment, resources and facilities

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Leadership in relation to health promotion occurs at all levels.

At senior management team level, there is leadership that takes a holistic view of health, is
enthusiastic about health promotion, and is committed to improving the health and well-being of
all pupils, staff and the wider community.

Management at all levels ensures integrated action to identify and respond to health needs of all
pupils and staff and makes a positive impact on the well-being of the wider community.

The school is committed to working collaboratively with all pupils and stakeholders who can assist
the school to meet its health promotion aims and generally raise the standards of attainment and

Leadership Structure

  Health Promoting Schools                                HPS Management Team
      Leadership Chart
                                           Colin Gardiner (Health Coordinator / PT Pastoral Care)
                                           Derek Brown (Depute Rector)
                                           Gordon Smith (Head of Primary)
        Health Coordinator:                Etta Galbraith (Bursar)
          Colin Gardiner                   Deborah Gallacher (PT Pastoral Care)
                                           Andrew McCall (PT PE)
                                           Betty Edmonstone (Eco-Schools Coordinator / PT Primary)

 Staff Development                                                     HPS PTs Focus Group
 Curricular Programmes                                                 Staff Focus Group

 Pupil Health Action Group                                             Student Council
 Community Involvement                                                 Parental Focus Group

                                                                       Board of Managers

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The school’s ethos is entirely conducive with the aims and objectives of health promotion. In
particular we have a positive ethos that:

        takes care of individuals, is fair and promotes respect for self, others, the wider
        community and the environment

        ensures that effective policies and arrangements are in place to promote equality and
        inclusion for all members of the school community

        ensures that effective policies and arrangements are in place to provide appropriate
        pastoral care for all members of the school community

        promotes a sense of responsibility in individuals for their own actions, health-related
        behaviours and lifestyles

        encourages and empowers pupils and staff to give of their best and to build on their
        achievements, and create a basis for participation in lifelong learning

        understands the important effects that improving the health and well-being of pupils and
        staff have on raising achievement, fulfilling potential and improving the quality of life

        actively promotes positive staff health and well being.

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         Partnership Working
         Jordanhill School has a commitment to partnership working and collective responsibility that
         actively involves and reflects the views of pupils, staff, parents, the wider community and key
         agencies in matters relating to health promotion. We have established a Database of Partnerships
         for Enterprise and Citizenship. The areas of school activity affected by these partnerships are:

                 policy and practice development
                 pupil participation in all aspects of school life
                 whole school approaches to curriculum development and staff training, the latter in some
                 cases multi-agency
                 collaboration between colleagues working in primary and secondary
                 working closely with parents, carers and other partners to ensure that the school’s
                 health-related activities respond to the needs of the pupils and seek to improve health of
                 pupils and support school learning and teaching.

         Key Partnerships
         An illustrative list of our key partners shows the scope of our partnerships to deliver education
         related to Health and Well-being. This list is not exhaustive.

Partnerships for Health and Well-being
The School Nurse                     supports PSE: Sexual Health and Relationships programmes (S1,3,4,6); Hearing and
                                     Eye-sight (P1,3); Puberty (P6)
Next Generation                      help us to develop and review our fitness programmes for senior pupils
Create Consultancy                   developed Drugs Education resources for PSE in Secondary and provided staff training
Rape Crisis Scotland                 provide inputs on Gender Based violence
Emergency Services
Police                               support safety training: Traffic Police provide training in Road Safety and Driver
                                     Awareness (S6); Community Police provide training in Personal Safety and
                                     Responsibility Towards Others (Various year groups)
Fire Service (P2 Visit)              provide fire safety information for P2s during visit
Women’s Refuge                       provide counselling for pupils who have experienced domestic difficulties and anger
Skills for Life and Work
Careers Scotland’s                   advisor works closely with the school to evolve programmes which promote health and
                                     well-being, and manage transitions within and beyond school
GVP                                  A number of S3 and S4 pupils access the GVP programmes.
Community Involvement                Organisations in Glasgow support our Community Involvement placement scheme for
(S6)                                 S6 pupils: Riding for the Disabled, Gateway Home, Ocean Youth Trust, et cetera
World Challenge                      provide us with a Youth Worker who supports various school programmes: staff
                                     training for tips, Leadership for S6 pupils and the S2 trip to Buxton
Project Trust                        give information briefings for pupils on Gap years and world-wide projects
Scottish Gov.(Positive               Alan McGinlay trained all secondary staff in Restorative Practice. He also trained a
Behaviour Team)                      number of S6 pupils in Peer Mediation
Other Schools, Colleges and Universities
Anniesland College                   provides Higher Psychology for S6 pupils
GCNS                                 provides Higher Drama for S6 pupils (delivered in Jordanhill School)
Caledonian University                provide UCAS briefings
Strathclyde University               provide sessions on Choosing a Course in University, Student Finance and
                                     Transitions to University

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Curriculum, Learning and Teaching

We also have a commitment to a curriculum and approaches to learning and teaching that
provide appropriate challenge, participation and support for all pupils and have a positive effect
on their health and well-being. This includes:

        a curriculum, including specific provision for personal, social and health education, that
        provides all pupils with continuity, coherence and breadth in their learning
        a good range of curriculum choice well suited to pupils’ needs and aspirations
        learning and teaching approaches that are lively and participative in nature, providing
        opportunities for pupils to learn individually or in groups
        setting high but realistic expectations, making appropriate use of praise, identifying and
        meeting pupils’ learning needs, and make effective use of assessment as part of learning
        and teaching
        offering a rich, stimulating and supportive range of opportunities within and beyond the
        school for pupils to develop a variety of personal and social skills.

Personal and Social Development and Health Promotion

The school maintains an ongoing commitment to have approaches to personal and social
development and health education that take account of pupils’ health needs and of the range of
factors that influence their values, attitudes, behaviour and health. Programmes are:

        targeted towards pupils’ needs
        in line with national and local authority advice
        a sound basis for pupils to explore all the key issues that have a bearing on their health
        and well-being
        a basis for pupils to make well-informed decisions about their lifestyle
        also planned appropriately across various curricular areas and subjects to extend and
        reinforce pupils’ understanding and experience of health-related issues.

Environment, Resources and Facilities

Jordanhill School provides a safe, supportive, accessible and well-resourced environment for all
pupils, staff and the wider community, including provision for all who have additional support
needs, to promote better learning and better interpersonal relationships.

The recent upgrade to facilities has involved the establishment of various schemes to improve the
way we use facilities to make the best use of the school environment to support pupils:

        School Travel Plan
        Plan for Sustainable Development
        Campus Management Plan
        Behaviour Management Policy
        Pupil Support Portal Area

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Improvement Planning

In the school’s improvement planning process there is a description of clear priorities, targets and
tasks together with personnel and timescale for development planning in health promotion, in
order to meet the national target set for 2007, and carry forward the initiative beyond this time.

The school has an electronic planning system designed to allow articulation between the Whole
School Improvement Plan and Departmental Development Plans. The SIP is reviewed annually by
the Board of Managers. DDPs are reviewed annually by the SMT.

Monitoring and Evaluating

Health promotion is a key school aim. To achieve this aim, there is a clear focus on self-
evaluation and development planning activities.

There is also a system and procedures for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on progress
towards becoming a health promoting school.


“Being Well Doing Well” – SHPSU, 2004
“The Health Promoting School” (Self Evaluation Series E) – HMIE, 2004
“Health Promotion – Issues for Councils and Schools” – HMIE, 1999.
“Health Education 5-14” – LTS, 2000
“Promoting Good Health” – SHEG (now HEBS), 1990.
“Whole School – Healthy School” – Health Education Authority, 1999
“Confidence to Learn”, HEBS, 1998
“Glasgow’s Health” health education curriculum, 2000
“Improving Health in Scotland, The Challenge” – Scottish Executive, 2003
“How Good Is Our School” – HMIE, 2002

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