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Issue 9: Spring Term 2016

Congratulations to all London schools that have achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold Healthy Schools London Awards. Currently 73% of all London schools are registered with Healthy Schools London (1712 schools). Of these, 853 have achieved a Bronze Award, 244 Silvers and 31 Golds. Thank you to pupils and staff in schools and also to the HSL Borough Leads for the fantastic work that you all do to make schools healthier and happier places.

Changes to HSL Awards

Due to the success of the HSL programme, changes are being introduced to the way applications for Silver and Gold are assessed. From 1 April 2016, All Silver and Gold applications will be assessed by local Borough Healthy Schools Teams and not by the Healthy Schools London central team. Schools in Boroughs that do not have a Healthy Schools Lead will no longer be able to apply for Silver and Gold Awards. All schools will continue to be able to apply for a Bronze Award. Where no Borough Lead exists, the HSL Team will provide support and assess Bronze applications. The aim is for all London schools to become Healthy Schools and support the health and wellbeing of their pupils and staff as evidenced by achieving a Bronze Award.



Eat Like A Champ

In 2016, Eat Like A Champ (ELAC) is inspiring 60,000 Year 5 children across the UK to live healthier lifestyles. This free, healthy eating educational resource is fronted by ex-Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and was developed by the British Nutrition Foundation in collaboration with Danone. When schools register they will receive access to online resources, with 6 lessons plans, homework activities and online games. As part of the ongoing collaboration between Healthy Schools London and ELAC, we are pleased to offer all Healthy Schools London schools who register for ELAC a free toolkit containing hardcopies of the resources including stickers, card games and homework booklets to inspire your class.

LIONS support for schools

Lions Lifeskills has been a strong supporter of Healthy Schools and its TACADE resources were extensively used in the previous National Healthy Schools Programme. When the Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme was launched, LIONS were wrote a Health and Wellbeing CD especially for the programme. LIONS currently provide FREE to each school:

  • One resource when they register with the HSL programme (Primary: Health and Wellbeing CD including lesson plans; Secondary: Citizenship resource pack)

  • On achievement of Bronze, schools can order any resource from feature on the website:

Resources are ordered and distributed via HSL Borough Leads: For further information: David Skinner 01323 767656.

Good Food for London report

Good Food for London is an annual report compiled by London Food Link, part of the national food and farming charity Sustain. Since 2011, the report measures and encourages action on good food by London boroughs.

In 2015 the report started to look into ‘food culture in schools’ with action measured via investment in and uptake of two programmes across schools: Healthy Schools London and Food for Life. The report is an extra incentive for London boroughs to sign up to Healthy Schools London: to get full points on ‘food culture in schools’, London boroughs need to have at least 2/3 of all schools registered with Healthy Schools London and be investing in Food for Life. For more info contact:

NEW FREE Training Resource on the Importance of a Good School Food Culture

The School Food Plan has been working with organisations from across the school food community to develop a new 1 hour training session to help all school staff understand the importance of a good school food culture, and how this influences pupil health, well-being and attainment. The informal training session can be delivered by anyone, regardless of their experience with school food, and has been endorsed by both the Department for Education and Public Health England. The session mixes the communication of key messages, with a number of interactive activities and group discussions, including a review of the practical steps that have worked well in other schools and suggested actions that staff can take to improve the food culture in their own school. The training session has been tested at over 40 sites across the country and received universally positive feedback. To access the training materials and all supporting documents:


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