Barnsley College is the latest setting to receive the Healthier Futures accreditation, from our children’s public health team.
Anna Hartley, Executive Director for Public Health, and Communities presented a framed certificate to Head of Student Services Liam Garside, and Vice Principal for Students Jess Leech.
The accreditation will support the college to improve the health and wellbeing of the young people who study there.
There are four key parts to the accreditation:
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Food, drink and oral health
- Personal, social health education (PSHE)
- Physical activity
Each has the same five criteria that need to be met:
- Teaching and Learning
- CPD / Training
The criteria was developed by the Healthy Learning Healthy Lives team at Doncaster Council and has also been evaluated by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust. This has ensured it's a high quality and robust framework.
Evidence for each aspect is uploaded to an online platform, which can also be used for Ofsted inspections, consultations with parents and other key review meetings. The review is carried out by our Children and Young People Public Health team, and feedback is sent via the platform and email, allowing the team to give settings bespoke one to one support.
The accreditation is free and is valid for three years.
Liam Garside, Head of Student Services at Barnsley College said:
“The accreditation has provided recognition for the health and wellbeing provision throughout the college. It has provided assurances that the college offers a health and wellbeing provision that meets accreditation standards around the key areas of good physical and mental health, an environment where students can thrive in their educational environment to achieve their full potential and gain key life skills and experiences which support their futures.
“The process has given us reassurance that we are a sector leading organisation when it comes to providing wellbeing services for our young people. It has also identified areas in which to evaluate and potentially dedicate more resource to.”
Anna Hartley, Executive Director for Public Health and Communities, added: “We want children and young people in Barnsley to enjoy a life of good physical and mental health, thrive in their education and achieve their full potential, feel connected and supported by their peers and mentors, and gain key life skills and experiences to support them in the future.
“I’m so pleased that Barnsley College has worked with us to achieve their accreditation and improve the health and wellbeing of their young people.”
More information about Healthier Futures Barnsley can be found at https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/schools-and-learning/healthier-futures-barnsley/healthier-futures-barnsley-accreditation/
Pictured are: (L-R) Lisa Kelly, Public Health Project Officer, Beth Quinn, Health and Wellbeing Advisor, Hannah Rowley, Senior Public Health Officer, Anna Hartley, Executive Director for Public Health and Communities, Jess Leech, Vice Principal for Students, and Liam Garside, Head of Student Services