Health and wellbeing in school-aged children is important for educational achievement and for setting a pattern of healthy behaviour throughout life.
Over the year, the public health and wellbeing division have developed the South Gloucestershire Health in Schools Programme to promote, support and celebrate health and wellbeing in schools. An important element of this initiative has been engaging with school communities and building a network of professionals within and beyond the council. The vision of the programme is to enable each school to develop an ethos and culture through which healthy behaviours are adopted. The approach will be continuously developed through monitoring and evaluating its impact.
The public health and wellbeing division commissioned a survey in 2014 to obtain current and relevant data on the health-related behaviours of school-aged children in South Gloucestershire. This was done to ensure that the Health in Schools Programme is needs-led. Over 60% of eligible schools participated in the survey with over 6,000 pupils responding and there is now a dataset for use in planning actions and measuring outcomes. The Health in Schools Steering group will review the survey findings to identify forward priorities for the programme.
Figures 4 and 5 show self-reported bullying frequency and stress levels amongst school-aged children. Both these indicators are important for measuring emotional health and wellbeing amongst young people.
Figure 6 shows self-reported physical activity levels amongst secondary school pupils. Generally girls have lower levels of physical activity compared to boys. The findings from this survey will be used to set targets within South Gloucestershire’s new Physical Activity Strategy e.g. children and young people (predominately girls) to be active for at least 60 minutes each day.
For more information or to get involved please contact Sarah Godsell, Health and Wellbeing Partnership Officer – Schools