Manchester Healthy Schools have been working in partnership with Manchester schools for over 20 years - tackling health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
The team are part of the School Health Service and work in partnership with the School Nursing Service to support a whole school approach to health and wellbeing.
Manchester Healthy Schools consists of seven thematic areas that together support a whole school approach to health and wellbeing. These areas are:
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a school curriculum subject that supports children i... Read More PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a school curriculum subject that supports children in understanding the world, staying safe and healthy and preparing them for life. PSHE is a hugely important subject that develops children holistically whilst also having benefits to overall wellbeing, academic achievement and whole school outcomes.Read lessLearn More
RSE stands for “Relationships and Sex Education” and as part of Relationships and Health Education, is a new a... Read More RSE stands for “Relationships and Sex Education” and as part of Relationships and Health Education, is a new approach to teaching children about relationships and health. An effective RSE programme helps all children grow up healthy, happy and safe whilst giving them the knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. RSE covers all areas of personal development, sexual health and wellbeing as well as developing an awareness of our gender, sexual orientation and personal identity.Read lessLearn More
Drugs and alcohol education is fundamental for children and young people to grow up healthy and safe. Effectiv... Read More Drugs and alcohol education is fundamental for children and young people to grow up healthy and safe. Effective drug and alcohol education builds pupil resilience and life skills around alcohol and drugs.Read lessLearn More
UIP (Unintentional Injury Prevention) is a relatively new area for Healthy Schools. Teaching children and youn... Read More UIP (Unintentional Injury Prevention) is a relatively new area for Healthy Schools. Teaching children and young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need in order to be able to keep themselves safe in any given situation, is a fundamental part of any quality PSHE curriculum. Our UIP offer will support schools to consider the priority areas for their unique setting, be that road, tram, train and/or water safety, alongside safety considerations around the home.Read lessLearn More
Social and Emotional Health is vital in supporting children and young people with the tools to navigate and in... Read More Social and Emotional Health is vital in supporting children and young people with the tools to navigate and interact with society and how to develop skills to protect their mental health. It supports children in a range of personal skills such as understanding and managing emotions, creating and maintaining positive relationships and developing empathy and resilience.Read lessLearn More
Mental Health is in integral part of any child’s wellbeing and should remain at the forefront of school’s prac... Read More Mental Health is in integral part of any child’s wellbeing and should remain at the forefront of school’s practice. 1 in 6 children aged 5-16 have a mental health problem and the likelihood of young people of developing mental health problems has increased by 50% in the last three years.Read lessLearn More
Healthy Lifestyles is a vital part of today’s curriculum. Education, training and resources will enable our ch... Read More Healthy Lifestyles is a vital part of today’s curriculum. Education, training and resources will enable our children and young people to make healthy choices both in terms of healthy eating and physical activity. Having the knowledge and skills to eat well and lead an active lifestyle will help our school aged population to maintain a healthy weight and support their mental health too. Obesity rates are continuing to rise across the city and the team at Manchester Healthy Schools is committed to helping all our schools reduce these figures through a high-quality Healthy Lifestyles offer.Read lessLearn More
Our team work hard to support the health and wellbeing of Manchester school communities through the development of training, resources, support and guidance. Find out more about our team below.
Helen has over twenty years' experience teaching in primary schools across Stockport. She has enjoyed leading on a variety of subjects, including maths, PSHE and Humanities. Helen has had the opportunity to work as part of SLT, leading various year groups in a 3-form entry school. Within the Healthy Schools Team she has advised on Healthy Lifestyles and went on to establish the new area of Unintentional Injury Prevention. This has also opened up links with working with the under 5’s, in addition to primary and secondary schools and she is passionate about supporting schools in this important area. Helen has moved into the Team Lead role initially as a secondment which then lengthened into a Maternity cover and is enjoying the new challenges that comes with the new title. Helen is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and instructor, supporting MFT to deliver the adult MHFAider course. Outside of work Helen is known for her love of running and yoga and walking her Miniature Schnauzer, Winston.
Healthy School Admin and Finance firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashlea is qualified in Business Administration and has over 9 years of administrative experience. For the past 4 years she has had the privilege of working with a variety of teams across the School Health department before joining the Healthy Schools team in March 2023.
She is responsible for ensuring that daily tasks are completed efficiently and is always happy to help with any queries via telephone or our Healthy Schools inbox.
Ashlea enjoys journaling and spending time with her 2 children and pet cat Luna.
Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist- PSHEsophie.email@example.com
Sophie has a decade of experience working in schools, with training in Philosophy for Children, and expertise in informal education. In 2017, they moved to Manchester to start facilitating RSE lessons for a leading youth charity - six years on, and they still love the city and the subject. In that time, they have had the privilege of working with young people across the range of education settings from primaries through to college, in mainstream and SEND provisions, as well as in youth clubs and PRUs. They have delivered extensive RSE and PSHE training and coaching, striving to support educators with their skills, knowledge, and confidence. Sophie has worked in policy development and volunteered as a charity trustee; they’re as passionate about good governance as they are about pedagogy. Between 2020-2022, they completed a Master's in Education & Social Justice, with a focus on PSHE delivery. In June 2023, Sophie joined the Healthy Schools Team as PSHE lead in a maternity cover position and is enjoying putting their knowledge and skills to good use. In their free time, Sophie likes to watch, perform, and spend too much time thinking about, stand-up comedy. This year they hope to get a cat.
Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist- Relationships & Sex Educationcat.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cat was a secondary teacher, PSHE subject lead, regional RSE curriculum advisor, PGCE trainer and professional mentor. Cat has a wealth of experience working with young people, their families and faith communities in the Manchester city and beyond. Cat is passionate to support schools and their communities in the development of their RSE provision and relishes being part of the journey to celebrate and share best practice. Cat is an ambassador for trans and LGB rights, and champions gender equality in every sector. In her spare time Cat is a keen gardener, artist, hiker and cook.
Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist - Drugs and Alcoholkelly.email@example.com
Kelly has gained over twenty-one years of experience working in both public health and education, including thirteen years with the Healthy Schools’ team. This has afforded Kelly with extensive experience of working with schools on all aspects of PSHE, delivering training, and developing schemes of work. Her specialist subject for Healthy Schools is drugs and alcohol education, and her professional interests include positive psychology, transition, and inclusion in education.
Kelly is passionate about supporting school communities to deliver Health Education through an approach that engages the whole school community and promotes a positive ethos and environment. She is committed to lifelong learning and has achieved a First-class BA (Hons) in Education; a Masters in Education in the field of Psychology of Education, and has undertaken postgraduate research about teachers' perspectives on PSHE and health education. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys cooking, gardening, films, and walking with her labradoodle, Bella.
Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist - Unintentional Injury Preventionceri.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceri is a qualified teacher, having taught in primary and secondary settings for 13 years. Prior to working for Manchester Healthy Schools she was Assistant Principal leading on Personal Development at a Manchester school. Ceri has led the areas of PSHE and well-being in a school setting and has much experience of and a passion for the pastoral care of students and families. In her teaching role she specialised in teaching SEND and vulnerable students. In her role as Unintentional Injury Prevention Lead, Ceri has designed and developed resources to support schools with their delivery of safety education. This ensures that families within the school community are able to access crucial advice and information about avoiding injury. Ceri also works with the 0-5 years age category and works in partnership with other organisations such as the Child Accident Prevention Trust and Sure Start Centres to deliver key safety messages. Ceri loves exploring in the outdoors with her young son and indulging her gardening hobby!
We are part of the Children’s Community Health services and commissioned by the Manchester City Council Population Heath Team, the School Health Service provides holistic health and wellbeing support across Manchester’s key public health priorities.
Healthy Child Programme (HCP) Teams Universal Offer
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