The approach of Health for Life programme in schools is to promote an ethos and environment which encourages a pro-active approach to developing a healthy lifestyle and focuses on

  • Growing food
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Cooking skills.
Education Advisers will work with you to help uses the curriculum to embed an understanding of how to achieve a healthy lifestyle. By working with lots of schools we are able to share good practice and give you lots of ideas and support.
Promotes an understanding of the full range of issues and behaviours which affect life-long health. 
The programme is funded by the Mondelēz International Foundation and  Health for Life is delivered through primary and secondary schools in south Birmingham by the Health Education Service in partnership with the Life Education Centres. The community programme is delivered by The Conservation Trust.
The programme supports Change4Life and offers a range of opportunities to encourage families towards leading healthier lifestyles
If you want to see a small part of what schools can achieve as part of Health for Life in Primary schools please look at these DVDs:
Cohort 5 (2016)
Cohort 4 (2015)
For further information and to see what schools involved have already done Health for Life in Primary Schools
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Education Adviser 
The objective is to engage pupils in growing food to increase their knowledge and understanding of its links with a healthy lifestyle
Example Activities:
  • Create or extend a school garden for growing fruit and/or vegetables. Can also look at sustainability such as saving seeds; rotating  crops; harvesting rainwater; using school-produced compost, wormeries
  • Use allotments for growing fruit and/or vegetables
  • Fruit and vegetable growing in containers such as hanging baskets, troughs, ‘funny’containers
  • Planting fruit trees
  • Build raised beds
  • Build greenhouse
The objective is to make a measurable improvement in the diet of school children through cooking and healthy eating activities
Example Activities
  • Practical cooking lessons (with focus on healthy eating) with pupils 
  • Development of a recipe book for use in schools and at home
  • Cooking competitions between schools (with focus on healthy eating)
  • Practical lessons on cooking through the ages (with focus on healthy eating)
  • Making healthy soups, drinks, picnics snack foods

The objective is to make a measurable increase in the amount of regular physical activity of pupils in order to promote a healthy lifestyle
Example Activities:
  • Active play in school grounds
  • Play leader training (and implementation) for pupils
  • Cycle training – Bikeability, Bike it
  • Walk to school/scooter to school
  • Build bike/scooter racks
The objective is to actively involve parents and families in promoting and adopting 
healthy, active lifestyles
Example Activities
  • Inspire workshops e.g. build-a-kite workshop
  • Use of parent partnership workers
  • Sharing of information through letters/emails/school website
  • Train as walk leaders and 
  • Family bike rides/family picnics
  • Sending recipe home to cook as part of homework
  • Sending seedlings home to grow at home
On average only 20 schools are selected each year to take part in the Health for Life in Primary schools programme in order to ensure that each school has a sufficient level of support. Therefore what we require from each school joining the programme is a level of commitment because if a school drops-out halfway through their place can’t be offered to another school.
Selected schools will take part in the programme for a period of four terms.  During this time they will receive support to plan and implement the programme to suit their particular circumstances. 
The HES recruits schools in the summer term in order to start the programme in the September. Information is sent out by email, post and ebriefing to eligible schools.
Autumn Term
With the help of Education Adviser you will
  • Ascertain starting points and record
  • Get children involved to review current practice
  • Complete on-line baseline surveys with pupils
  • Complete a baseline audit of school practice
  • Identify barriers and factors that hinder progress
  • Develop ideas that will promote change
  • A member of staff to attend the two of the funded training days
  • Consider requirements and plan a way forward for each of the 4 strands
  • Prepare an Action Plan that will structure and keep track of resources required, jobs and dates for completion, success criteria
  • By the end of November submit action plan to steering group for approval – this will trigger the first part of the grant (£3,500 to be paid in two stages)
Spring Term 
With the help of the Education Adviser you will
  • Start to implement your Action Plan
  • A member of staff to attend two funded training days
  • Attend briefing on SMSC PSHE grid 
  • Engage the whole school community in progress and change
  • Address all strands in a way to encourage engagement
  • Collect evidence of impact (ongoing)
Summer term
With the help of the Education Adviser you will
  • Continue with implementing your Action Plan
  • Attend the celebration event (in June) to help share good ideas 
  • Continue to engage the whole school community in progress and change
  • Continue to address all strands in a way to encourage engagement 
  • Collect evidence of impact (ongoing)
Autumn term
With the help of the Education Adviser you will
  • Continue with implementing your Action Plan
  • Continue to engage the whole school community in progress and change
  • Continue to address all strands in a way to encourage engagement 
  • Collect evidence of impact (ongoing)
  • Repeat the pupil on-line surveys with pupils
  • Repeat the school audit
  • Collate evidence of impact 
Spring term
  • Continue with sustainable activities in your Action Plan
  • Attend Awards ceremony
The main documents that you will need through the course of the Health for Life in primary schools programme can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
During the Autumn and Spring term there are four courses to be attended by an appropriate member of staff from each school. As well as learning about the Health for Life programme  there is a ‘market place’ which will give opportunities to find out about a variety of possible support 
Courses are on:
  • Growing food
  • Physical activity 
  • Healthy eating/cooking skills
  • Food safety qualification 
The Celebration Event is held half way through implementation phase – so will be in June – and is a way to share good ideas; motivate you all to continue and showcase programme to VIPS – the Lord Mayor, MPs, people from Local Authority, Public Health and the next cohort of schools.
We invite 2 members of staff and up to 4 children to come along and showcase what they’ve done that they are proud of. 
At the end of the implementation phase there is an Awards Ceremony in the Banqueting Suite to celebrate and recognise the work that you have all done.
We invite 2 members of staff and up to 4 children to come along and showcase what they’ve done that they are proud of.

The Health for Life in Primary schools  programme is being rolled out across the city on a geographical basis. This is so that schools in each ward can support each other and also help to create an impact in the local community.
The programme started in 5 wards; Longbridge, Northfield, Kings Norton, Bournville, Weoley; in south of Birmingham in 2011
Expanded into 8 wards by including Brandwood, Selly Oak, Billesley in 2012 
Expanded again into 13 wards in 2013 by including Bartley Green, Hall Green, Harborne, Moseley and Kings Heath, Quinton, 
Schools involved in Health for Life in Primary Schools are:
Albert Bradbeer Primary school
Bournville Junior school
Colmers Farm Infant school
Fairway Primary school
Hawkesley Primary school
Holly Hill Methodist / Church of England (VA) Infant and Nursery school
Kings Norton Primary school
Longwill school
Northfield Manor school
Rednal Hill Junior school
St Brigids RC school
St Columba's Catholic Primary school
St Laurence Junior school
St Pauls RC school
Stirchley Community Primary school
Wychall Primary school
Bells Farm Primary school
Billesley Primary school
Bournville Infant school
Broadmeadow Infant & Nursery school
Broadmeadow Junior school
Cherry Oak school
Colmore Junior school
Forestdale Primary school
Grendon Primary school
Highters Heath Community school
Hollywood Primary school
The Oaks Primary school
St Edward's RC school
St Jude's RC JI school
Tiverton Academy
The Meadows Primary school
Victoria school
Princethorpe Infant school
St Mary's CE Primary school
St John Fisher Catholic school
Watermill primary school
Bellfield Junior School
Dame Ellen Pinsent School
George Dixon Primary School
Greenmeadow Primary School
Hall Green Infant School
Harborne Primary School
King David Primary School
Merritts Brook E-Act Academy
Moor Green Primary School
Nonsuch Primary School
Our Lady and St Rose of Lima Catholic Primary School
Park Hill Primary School
St Dunstan's Catholic Primary School
St Francis CE Primary School
St James' Catholic Primary School
St Michaels CE Primary (B32)
St Peter's Catholic Primary School
Welsh House Farm Primary School
World's End Infant School
Worlds End Junior School
Yardley Wood Community Primary School
Allens Croft Primary School
Ark Tindal Primary School
Chad Vale Primary School
Christchurch Primary School
Clifton Primary School
Cofton Primary School
English Martyrs Primary School
Hall Green Junior School
Heath Mount Primary School
Holy Family Primary School
Ladypool Primary School
Lakey Lane Primary School
Nelson Mandela Primary School
Oasis Academy Woodview Primary
Our Lady of Fatima Primary School
Reaside Academy
Springfield Primary School
St Ambrose Barlow Primary School
St Martin de Porres Primary School
St Peters CE Primary School
The Orchards Primary School
Woodhouse Primary School
Yarnfield Primary School
Acocks Green Primary School
Ark Rose Primary Academy
Audley Primary School
Bordesley Green Primary School
Chandos Primary School
Kitwell Primary School
Lea Forest Primary Academy
Lyndon Green Infant School
Marlborough Infant & Nursery School
Marlborough Junior School
Moseley Church of England Primary School
Percy Shurmer Academy
Redhill Primary School
Shirestone Academy
Sladefield Infant School
St Alban’s Catholic Primary School
St Clement’s C. of E. Academy
St George’s Church of England Primary School
St Matthew’s C of E Primary School
St Peter’s C.E. Primary School
The Oval Primary School
The Rosary Catholic Primary School
Timberley Academy
West Heath Primary School

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