Head teachers get lessons in aerobics
and governors from schools across Liverpool are to get aerobics
A conference titled 'Children's Health and Well-Being' being
held in Liverpool on Monday 3 April 2006 will kick off with a
fitness session led by pupils from St Cleopas' Church of England
Primary in Toxteth. They will be demonstrating how they start their
school day every morning with a 15 minute workout.
The event, organised by the city council's Health Schools Team in
partnership with the NHS and John Moores University, will showcase
examples of good practice at schools in Liverpool, including
physical education and healthy eating. It is being attended by 250
head teachers, governors and health professionals.
And eight schools, including St Cleopas', will receive awards for
their outstanding work to improve the health and well-being of
pupils. The prizes will be presented by England Women's football
team goalkeeper Rachel Brown.
Stuart Smith, Interim Executive Director of Children's Services,
said:- "We have made a huge commitment in our Children and
Young People's plan to improving the fitness and well being of
The conference is an opportunity for heads and governors to find out
what other schools are doing and share good practice.
We also want to reward those schools who are already doing really
excellent work with pupils."
The conference will also be used to encourage Liverpool schools to
meet the government's new National Healthy School Status. To
qualify, they have to meet a number of criteria in personal, social
and health education, healthy eating, physical activity and
emotional health and well-being. This includes ensuring each pupil
gets two hours of structured exercise per week, involving parents
and pupils in developing menus for school dinners and combating
stigma and discrimination such as disability, racism and bullying.
Stephen Tiffany, effectiveness officer for physical education at the
city council, said:- "All the evidence we have shows that
physical education combined with healthy eating can lead to an
improvement in mental agility. That is why this strategy is so
Presentations will be made to delegates about successful initiatives
to improve the health and well being of children, including:-
* School sports partnerships funded by the DfES
* The Culture Company
funded 'It's not OK' domestic violence arts project
* After school
nutrition clubs run with John Moores University through Sportslinx
* Community food
workers who are educating children and their families about healthy
* Work to improve the
quality of school dinners
* The Taste for
Health strategy to tackle diet related illness and disease
Speakers at the event include city council interim Chief Executive
Colin Hilton and interim Executive Director of Children's Services,
Paula Grey, Lead Director of Public Health for North, Central and
South Liverpool PCTs is also addressing the conference. She said:-
"We all share the same aim, to make the school children of
Liverpool more healthy.
Working together we have been able to introduce initiatives such as
fresh fruit in schools, encouraging pupils to think about what they
Learning about food and getting fit are important steps to a healthy
Last chance for Sefton to choose its community champions
SEFTON residents are being urged
to cast their vote and reward the remarkable achievements of those
who have worked to transform their local communities.
There’s just two weeks left for the public to go online at and name
their Sefton community winners in the inaugural Spirit of Merseyside
Unveiled earlier this month with the backing of Cherie Booth QC, the
awards have been devised by the Community Foundation for Merseyside,
the sub-region’s biggest community funding organisation, to
recognise the extraordinary efforts of Merseyside’s many community
Sefton YouthBank, Bootle based Adult Dyslexia Access and the
Beechpark Initiative in Maghull all been short-listed for an award.
Award categories include Most Innovative Group, Green Machine Award,
Best Inclusion Project, Best Youth Group, Most Inspirational Award,
Corporate Social Responsibility Award and Lifetime Achievement
Youthbank has been nominated for best Youth Group. Adult Dyslexia
Access is on the shortlist for Best Inclusion Project and the
Beechpark Initiative is up for most Innovative Group.
Details of the awards, the nominees, selected by independent panels
from across Merseyside, and the voting form can be found at:-
Voting closes on
April 14 and every voter will automatically be entered into a prize
draw to win tickets to the awards dinner.
Urging people to vote, Cherie Booth QC, a Community Foundation
patron, explains:- “As patron of the Community Foundation for
Merseyside I am proud to be part of such achievements and look
forward to the awards becoming an annual event that celebrates the
passion and commitment of the people and communities of Merseyside.”
Dave Roberts, Executive Director of Community Foundation for
Merseyside, adds:- “This is the first opportunity of its kind
to celebrate the tireless efforts of groups individuals, and
companies who are bringing lasting improvements to the quality of
life to thousands of people.
With only weeks to go until voting closes, I urge people to visit
our website and find out more about the nominees, cast their votes
and say thanks!”
The Spirit of Merseyside Awards are sponsored by:- Barclays,
David McLean, de Winter Marketing, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and
The winners will be announced during a glittering reception and
presentation evening at the Liverpool Crowne Plaza Hotel in May this
For more information about the awards visit the website or
phone:- 0151 966 3566.
The award categories are:-
Most Innovative Group
Green Machine Award
Best Inclusion Project
Best Youth Group
Most Inspirational Group
Corporate Social Responsibility Award