Ofsted have published a number of good practice examples from early years and schools, covering subject areas including curriculum, learning, play, diversity, safeguarding, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), and special educational needs. These guides cover a wide range of topics and include a large number of good practice examples. Rather than describe them all in detail here, Table 3 provides an overview of the topics covered and references for further information. One case study of good practice in early years, with a particular emphasis on school readiness, was based on a Children’s Centre in Hackney (see Box 5 in the Local Services Section)

Table 3: Summary of good practice guides from Ofsted 1 2 3

Table 3: Summary of good practice guides from Ofsted [14] [15] [16]
Table 3a: Summary of good practice guides from Ofsted  4 5 6

Table 3a: Summary of good practice guides from Ofsted

Schools are recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as settings where good health can be promoted through a range of measures, including: health education; healthy policies; a setting for school health services; nutrition and food safety programmes; opportunities for physical activity and education; whole-school projects; and programmes for counselling, social support and mental health promotion. 7  An example of a London initiative that aims to make the most of these opportunities is described in Box 3.

Box 3: Case study – Healthy Schools London 8

Healthy Schools London is a programme that supports London schools to provide a healthy environment and culture for pupils. It is a tiered award scheme with three levels: bronze, silver and gold. Schools review their current practice in promoting health and wellbeing and build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements for each level.

An evaluation of the national programme showed an increase in participation of physical activity, increased uptake of school meals (including free school meals), and improved healthy packed lunches and snacks throughout the school day. The programme is open to all schools in London including primary, secondary and middle schools; maintained, non-maintained, Academies, Free Schools and Independent schools.

References

  1. Ofsted, “Ofsted examples of good practice in early years,” [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ofsted-examples-of-good-practice-in-early-years. [Accessed June 2016].
  2. Ofsted, “OFsted exampes of good practice in schools,” [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ofsted-examples-of-good-practice-in-schools. [Accessed 1 June 2016].
  3. Ofsted, “Ofsted examples of good practice in further education and skills,” [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ofsted-examples-of-good-practice-in-further-education-and-skills. [Accessed June 2016].
  4. Ofsted, “Ofsted examples of good practice in early years,” [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ofsted-examples-of-good-practice-in-early-years. [Accessed June 2016].
  5. Ofsted, “OFsted exampes of good practice in schools,” [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ofsted-examples-of-good-practice-in-schools. [Accessed 1 June 2016].
  6. Ofsted, “Ofsted examples of good practice in further education and skills,” [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ofsted-examples-of-good-practice-in-further-education-and-skills. [Accessed June 2016].
  7. WHO, “Healthy Settings,” [Online]. Available: http://www.who.int/healthy_settings/types/schools/en/. [Accessed 9 January 2017].
  8. GLA, “Healthy Schools London,” [Online]. Available: http://www.healthyschools.london.gov.uk/. [Accessed 9 January 2017].