School health promotion
There is a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of children, young people and adults in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. The Authority works closely with schools and the Health Authority to ensure that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for well-being now and in the future.
There are strong links between health, well-being and achievement. It is particularly important that pupils’ health and well-being is enhanced at key transition points in their lives. The Authority supports schools in working with our young people, especially our most vulnerable, to promote their health and well-being through and beyond the curriculum. Aspects of a broad and balanced curriculum that promote health and well-being include:
- Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education
- Physical Education
- Emotional Health
- Sex and Relationship Education
- Drugs and Alcohol Education.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Network of Healthy Schools
The Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Network of Healthy Schools is part of the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Schemes, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. The Healthy Schools Scheme is managed by colleagues in Rhondda Cynon Taff Public Health Team across Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council local authorities. The aim of this initiative is to promote and protect the physical, emotional and social health and well being of children and young people in Wales. The schemes encourage schools to develop health promoting policies and systems contributing to the promotion of healthy lifestyles by considering a range of actions on particular health topics.
A health promoting school is one which actively promotes, protects and embeds the physical, mental and social health and well being of its community through positive action by such means as policy, strategic planning and staff development with regard to its curriculum, ethos, physical environment and community relations.
Every school in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is part of the Healthy Schools Scheme. Schools have been able to show real health improvement, for example: improved snacks in schools with the introduction of Fruit Tuck and healthy lunches; and greater physical activity throughout the day.
For contact information please see the list of all schools in the County Borough.