“We want to make Wales the healthiest and happiest place to live, that’s a fact!”
A whole-school approach
promoting the health & emotional well-being of the young people and staff in secondary education,
“Healthy Headspace is an education package tailored for health-promoting schools in Wales, to implement positive action over multiple key health topics as outlined by the WNHSS.”
“We offer schools a modern, fresh approach to health & well-being, where both mind and body play equally important roles in the pursuit of good health and happiness.”
Are you part of a ‘healthy school’?
Since 1999, schools in Wales have been encouraged to become ‘healthy schools’ by implementing positive actions in key areas such as nutrition, emotional well-being and promoting health in the workplace, outlined by the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme (WNHSS). And it’s been going pretty well since!
In a recent report, the WNHSS has been described as “one of the most developed and comprehensive health promoting school programmes in Europe”. Health-promoting schools all over Wales have demonstrated marked improvements in their students’ potential to learn, as well as the overall behaviour of their students, allowing them to better participate in learning activities.
It’s no wonder more and more schools in Wales are turning toward health-promoting programs and initiatives than ever before!
What do we do?
We offer a whole-school approach to promoting good health & emotional well-being of young people and staff in secondary education.
What’s Healthy Headspace?
Healthy Headspace is an opportunity for schools and their staff to implement positive action over multiple key health topics outlined by the WNHSS, as expected of a ‘healthy school’.
Key topics areas include nutrition and oral health, mental and emotional health, and health and well-being in the workplace.
How does it work?
Healthy Headspace workbooks are provided alongside lesson plans and additional teaching support (guidelines of how to be good, healthy role-models at school).
Each workbook contains all of the necessary reading and learning material for pupils, and can be taught over registration period or during PSE.
Lessons come equipped with relevant workbook exercises, encouraged topics of discussions, links to online videos and more. Lesson plans are provided, and can last between 20-60 minutes, depending on teacher’s preference or time allocation.
All of that means there is very little additional paperwork, for teachers and your healthy in-school co-ordinator!
Looking after the health & well-being of staff
As part of Healthy Headspace, we provide staff-training via INSET training days to introduce the concepts of mindfulness, good health and how to be a good role model in school. All staff gain access to bonus online resources relating to living a healthy (and happy) lifestyle including a seven-week healthy habits downloadable starter pack.
Staff (and students!) are also invited and encouraged to join an online community specifically designed for your school. Through a weekly healthy-living newsletter, participants will gain access to the latest health & wellness articles and most importantly we provide a platform for anyone willing, to write their own blog’s to be shared within the community.
Working with 'healthy schools'
We work within the WNHSS framework and help ‘healthy schools’ across Wales implement positive action addressing several topic areas outlined by the WNHSS relating to the health and well-being of both staff and students in secondary education.
Regardless of whether your school is in phase 1, 4 or 6 of the healthy school scheme, we provide positive action on a whole-school basis that’s fun to teach, modern, and easy-to-implement.
Implementing Healthy Headspace
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