Manchester Healthy Schools Team has been working in partnership with Manchester schools for over seventeen years - tackling health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. In November 2016, the team merged with the School Nursing service to create the School Health Service; closely aligning the work of both teams to the Healthy Child Programme. The School Health Service has a crucial role in Manchester to implement public health interventions and support schools to:
The Healthy Schools team adopts a whole school approach to support schools to become healthier learning environments and improve health outcomes for children, young people and families in the local community.
The last decade saw the development of attempts by central government to provide greater guidance and regulation on the organisation and management of schools' finances.
In 2007, the government of the day made it a requirement that all schools achieve the Financial Management Standard in Schools (FMSiS) and established an inspection system to monitor this.
The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people.
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
Place2Be is the UK's leading children's mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play.
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools. We provide counselling and mental health support and training, using tried and tested methods backed by research.
The British Dyslexia Association recognises that the majority of moderately dyslexic students will be taught in mainstream classrooms and by non-specialist tutors. Therefore it is important that, as well as employing appropriate teaching methods, all environments are dyslexia friendly.
The BDA’s Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark aims to provide a framework of support and understanding for schools and other organisations within which the dyslexic individual can build on existing skills and develop new.
The Alliance for Learning Teaching School is a partnership of primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and organisations from across the North-West, who share their knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to achieve a common goal of continuous educational improvement.
Christ Church and Lewis Street Primary school are also completing The National Nurturing Schools Programme. This programme allows staff to develop and embed a nurturing culture throughout our schools. This enhances teaching and learning and promotes healthy outcomes for children and young people by focusing on emotional needs and development as well as academic learning in a whole-school environment. We applied for The National Nurturing School Award and were successful in achieving this in February 2020.
In March 2023, we were awarded the Emotionally Friendly Schools' Silver Award. This means we work hard as a school to ensure that we look after the mental health and wellbeing of all our pupils, staff and other members of our school community and we teach children how to stay mentally fit, including teaching them the skills of resilience and determination.