LA joins national cooperative to improve wellbeing in schools


Milton Keynes has become the first local authority to join Schools4Life - a new locally focussed co-operative to improve health and wellbeing in schools.

Building on the success and impact that the Department of Health’s Healthy Schools Programme has had over the past 11 years, Schools4Life is a nationally shared and locally led co-operative which supports schools to raise children and young people’s aspirations, drive healthy behaviour change and improve learning.

All schools in the UK are being invited to be part of the programme – membership is free – and will enable schools to immediately carry on their Healthy Schools’ work to improve health and wellbeing.

Sarah Conway, Assistant Director Universal Services, Children and Young People’s Services, said: "Schools4Life offers us the flexibility and expertise to really tackle some of our most challenging health behaviours, helps us deliver the government’s localism agenda and is a great way to partner more effectively with schools, local organisations and parents.”

Sue Frossell, Consultant in Public Health at NHS Milton Keynes said: “We are committed to reducing health deprivation in Milton Keynes and supporting a positive impact on education and learning outcomes.

"One of the most important benefits for us is School4Life’s proven focus on measurable and evidence-based health and wellbeing interventions and I think this will really support our children and young people’s health and wellbeing.” 

Across the region, targeted support for schools has enabled local health and education partnerships to achieve measurable improvements around some of the region’s most pressing health and wellbeing issues. 

Backed by current government thinking, but free from a centralised, costly top-down infrastructure, schools work in partnership with Schools4Life - a social enterprise created by The Exchange Foundation which has been seed-funded by ICE Creates, a specialist health and social change agency, who helped deliver the communications elements of Healthy Schools for the last six years. 

Liz Lockhart, Headteacher at Queen Eleanor Primary School, Galley Hill, Milton Keynes, said: “It’s so exciting to be part of a local initiative where we can continue to show evidence of our commitment to supporting children and young people to make healthier choices – and increase their capacity to succeed academically.”