Promoting Health and Wellbeing through Schools

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The contribution schools can make to improving students’ health and wellbeing is increasingly recognised. Schools that have embraced this role and adapted policies and practices to create an environment in which young people feel safe and happy have reported broad and significant gains.

Through expert contributions from active researchers and experienced practitioners, Promoting Health and Wellbeing through Schools combines recent research with knowledge of the current climate ...

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Overview

The contribution schools can make to improving students’ health and wellbeing is increasingly recognised. Schools that have embraced this role and adapted policies and practices to create an environment in which young people feel safe and happy have reported broad and significant gains.

Through expert contributions from active researchers and experienced practitioners, Promoting Health and Wellbeing through Schools combines recent research with knowledge of the current climate in which schools are operating. Offering authoritative advice on effective intervention, this book provides an overview of the key issues that need to be addressed, including:

  • alcohol use
  • sexual health
  • drug use
  • obesity
  • mental health.

This accessible text is innovative in its focus on how schools can build partnerships with young people, parents, and health professionals to promote their commitment to health and wellbeing. It highlights successful approaches for promoting health and educational goals, and provides useful advice on planning and evaluation.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing through Schools is invaluable reading for professionals working in and with schools to implement healthy schools programmes and to bring about improvement in health and wellbeing, including teachers, nurses, and health and education managers. It is also of interest to students, researchers and policy-makers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415493420
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Aggleton is Professor of Education and Health and holds a UNSW Strategic Chair at the National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Catherine Dennison is Research Manager for the Children and Young People’s Public Health Programme at the Department of Health, UK.

Ian Warwick is Senior Research Officer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Acknowledgements xi

1 Introduction Peter Aggleton Catherine Dennison Ian Warwick 1

2 The health of children and young people Fiona Brooks 8

3 Promoting mental health through schools Katherine Weare 24

4 Reducing disaffection and increasing school engagement Colin Noble Marilyn Toft 42

5 Tackling obesity: promoting physical activity and healthy eating in schools Wendy Wills 56

6 The role of schools in reducing alcohol-related harm among young people Willm Mistral Lorna Templeton 69

7 The role of schools in drug education and wider substance misuse prevention Martine Stead Robert Stradling 84

8 Promoting sexual health Roger Ingham Julia Hirst 99

9 Children and young people as partners in health and well-being Jo Butcher 119

10 The contribution of parents Claire James 134

11 The role of the school nurse Viv Crouch Helen Chalmers 147

12 Evaluating health and well-being in schools: issues and principles Catherine Dennison Ian Warwick Peter Aggleton 162

Index 172

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