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Healthy Schools Awards granted in Essex

More than 200 schools across a South East county have been recognised for emphasising healthy living to pupils.

The Healthy Schools Awards have been granted by Essex County Council and acknowledges teaching institutes that have met 41 different standards. These cover a range of areas, from emotional health to physical activity.

While schools are rated according to the quality of the education they provide, the emphasis is overwhelmingly on standard academic subjects, such as English, maths and the sciences. However, schools also have a responsibility to educate in a broader sense and this encompasses healthy living.

Healthy eating is one of the major categories in the award, so a school where someone is running a healthy food tuck shop as a part time franchise is likely to score well, as students will have access to nutritious alternatives to the sugar and fat heavy snacks that would otherwise tend to predominate.

A special award ceremony was held with Councillor Ann Naylor presenting alongside of Councillor Ray Gooding. Naylor is Essex County Council’s cabinet member for public health, while Gooding is a cabinet member for education. They were joined by Tim Coulson, who is director for education and lifelong learning.

Gooding said of the awards:

“I’m delighted to see so many of our schools picking up awards, demonstrating the excellent work they’re doing to raise the standards of pupils’ achievement and health.”

Those who received the awards now have the chance of going on to attain an Enhanced Healthy Schools Award, which demands even higher standards.

Posted by Jennifer
April 6, 2014

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