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How Does the Process Work?

The Ten Steps to Gaining and Maintaining Healthy Schools/Healthy FE Status

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1.  Log on to Healthy Living and Learning Review

You can access this through the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning website ( on the 'GHLL Review' section. You will need to set up your school email address (admin@....) with an appropriate password to be shared with those in school who will want to access the Review. If you wish to set up further users within your school, under the same account (e.g. to a home email account for example) then this can be done once you have become an approved school user.


2. Complete Healthy Living and Learning Review and submit

This review will allow you to assess how you as a school or college are doing in the five key areas below, how you know this and what you will need to do next: 

  1. School/College – a) Ethos and Environment b) Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  2. Teaching and Learning
  3. Healthy Eating
  4. Physical Health and Wellbeing
  5. Emotional Health and Wellbeing

You may submit this as a draft for feedback. Once you have submitted this as a final copy, you will receive an e-mail to confirm receipt of your review. You will be sent details of the Leading Teacher who will work with your school on the next steps to gain full Healthy Schools/Healthy FE status; they will contact you directly to arrange support as required.


Optional Pupil-Led Model:

Depending on your setting your pupils may wish to complete the Pupil/Student Review. They will need to work through a checklist and then provide a variety of evidence as to why their school is healthy, for example using photos, interviews, surveys, School Council etc. The checklist provided is designed to be a prompt for them to check out what provision is made and then try to evidence it from their own experience or from research they carry out. Guidance for for the completion of this is available here.


3. Identify two key priorities to improve 

Using your review, identify two Priorities that you need to work on in school; these need to include Mental Health (including Emotional Health and Wellbeing) and another Priority (for example improving pupil voice). The second Priority can also be Mental Health or you may wish to choose another area such as Healthy Weight (which can include physical, activity, healthy eating, body image etc). One of your two priorities needs to include a 'vulnerable' group: these are the small number of pupils in your class/year group/school who have a particular need and will require targeted intervention.


4. Collect baseline data – use the Pupil Wellbeing Survey  or other valid sources (e.g. school questionnaires, Oxwell, Transitions surveys etc).

Thinking about your two Priorities, you now need to gather some baseline data so that you can identify need and show impact after you have implemented your intervention work. You can do this through evidence you already have such as the Pupil Wellbeing Survey or your own questionnaires/surveys. You may need to create specific questionnaires to address the areas you will be working on or create opportunities/activities to gather this evidence such as pupil conferencing or teacher-led sessions. Your Leading Teacher can help you with this.  From this you will be able to:

  1. Identify target group/s – pupils you need to work with – this may be classes or year groups; remember that at least one Priority needs to include vulnerable pupils.
  2. Identify expected outcomes in terms of number of pupils who will make changes – either behavioural or attitudinal. For example this could be – increase number of pupils eating fruit at lunchtime from 50 to 90 or increase the number of pupils that feel that their views are listened to from 50 to 125.   


 5. Plan intervention work

Now you need to plan what you are going to do, how you are going to do it and how you will know when you have achieved your aims. This now needs to be recorded on the GHLL Planning and Reporting Tool.


6. Implement actions

Now you need to do what you said you were going to.


7. Measure changes against baseline data

After you have completed your actions you need to re-measure in the same way that you completed your baseline data, with the same groups, so as to determine the number of pupils who have changed their behaviours or attitudes.


 8. Submit results

Complete the GHLL Planning and Reporting Tool.


9. Quality Assurance Group meet to moderate and validate results

A Quality Assurance Group (QUAG) made up from partners and stakeholders will meet regularly to moderate all submitted results and validate them.


10. Healthy Living and Learning Award achieved – Whoopee!

You will now have achieved the Healthy Schools/Healthy FE accreditation and will receive a replacement plate to update your plaque.

 As this is a "Plan, Do, Review" model, what you have learned from this process will inform your next steps as you begin the process again. 




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