AN informative new website has been created for teachers and health education planners – a valuable library resource for health and wellbeing at 21st century schools.
The site - www.healthpromotingschools.co.uk - was created by NHS Greater Glasgow, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Forth Valley, and was officially launched at NHSGG's headquarters on Thursday (June 5).
Daniel Maher, Health Promotion Officer at Greater Glasgow NHS Board, explained: "The site is an exciting new resource to assist schools in planning, developing and evaluating health promotion.
"It acts as an online library, offering a range of practical tools, guidance and information on what being a Health Promoting School means.
"The site is organised into what we think are the key aspects of the ‘whole school approach', for example: taught curriculum, staff health and well-being, positive ethos and environment.
"It also provides important links with specialist educational, family and community services.
"Downloadable planning tools, needs assessments and other examples of positive working practice should ensure that everyone involved in school health has opportunities at the click of a button."
As well as being a mine of information, Health Promoting Schools includes case studies to show staff how ideas really can work, and the team stresses it will be constantly updated in a bid to keep its finger on the educational pulse.
Among those attending the official launch in Glasgow were representatives of the health boards involved and education staff from the three regions, all of whom are looking forward to making the most of the positive new resource.