Healthy Schools Evaluation Northamptonshire
A small team is being formed to deliver pilot work with volunteer primary schools to start to improve nutrition and activity levels generally in Key Stage 2 children, as well as with focussed groups of children.
REFERENCE HEALTHY SCHOOLS EVALUATION
Healthy Schools Evaluation
Northamptonshire County Council
|EST. START DATE:||02/06/2014|
|EST. END DATE:||17/07/2015|
From April 2013 the responsibility for Public Health passed from the NHS to local authorities, which for Northamptonshire is Northamptonshire County Council (NCC).
NCC has appointed a Director of Public Health and Wellbeing (DPH), incorporating the statutory public health role into a broader remit promoting the wellbeing of everyone in Northamptonshire by helping them to stay healthy and avoid illness.
Northamptonshire is the fifth fattest county in England (overweight or obese). Almost one in ten children in Northamptonshire are obese when they start school, rising to more than one in six by Year 6. Accordingly, childhood obesity is an issue that the DPH is keen to tackle and improve.
A small team is being formed to deliver pilot work with volunteer primary schools to start to improve nutrition and activity levels generally in Key Stage 2 children, as well as with focussed groups of children. The pilot will initially run for 12 months. Improving nutrition and activity levels has been proven to lead to improved cognitive ability and behaviour, which ultimately will help schools improve their Ofsted assessments in areas such as academic achievement, behaviour and attendance.
The team members will:
• Proactively approach primary schools to influence their Senior Management Team to prioritise the Health Schools initiative.
• Promote the benefits of the Healthy Schools initiative to all primary schools in Northamptonshire to raise awareness of the benefits.
• Create, develop and promote a set of planning templates for primary schools to use.
• Support primary schools that have joined in preparing their Healthy Schools Action Plan, to ensure their plans are complete, effective and deliverable.
• Proactively signpost primary schools to NCC services, and to other organisations, that can provide support services.
• Cross-promote other services, specifically Northamptonshire Sport’s School Sports Managers and the School Nursing Service, providing a unified contact point for schools.
• Promote the Healthy Schools initiative within NCC and related organisations (such as boroughs and districts, third sector, or private sector) to encourage them to provide tailored services to primary schools.
To measure the effectiveness of this work we seek quotations to provide research and evaluation during the pilot to measure its effectiveness. The research should comprise:
• An online questionnaire survey of pupils and parents in the pilot schools, conducted at the start and at the end of the pilot period.
• Semi structured interviews with groups of pupils in the pilot schools, conducted approximately half way through the pilot period.
• One focus group with teachers in the pilot schools, conducted approximately half way through the pilot period.
• One focus group with the Healthy Schools Advisers towards the end of the pilot period.
Cohorts should be selected to represent fairly, and allow analysis by, gender, age, deprivation and ethnicity.
We hope to work with approximately 50 primary schools. Assuming two-form entries and two years, this equates to approximately 6,000 pupils and their families and associated school staff.
During the pilot the schools will be encouraging pupils’ physical activity and promoting nutrition education to pupils and parents, working with NCC services such as Libraries, Adult Learning, Country Parks, Outdoor Learning Centres etc. as well as other service providers’ offers.
Thus, the areas of interest for research, to be discussed and agreed, would include, but not limited to, pupils’ and parents’ attitudes to and knowledge of, for example, physical activity, nutrition, propensity to be active as a family, propensity to cook and eat together, understanding of healthy eating etc.
We expect to conduct research in equivalent schools that are not taking part in the work, to provide a “do nothing” control group.
All data captured during the evaluation should be available to the client for its own analysis.
Value will be added to the data by project reports analysing and reporting the quantitative and qualitative results with significant findings and changes between the start and end surveys.
Recommendations and conclusions are expected.
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|Contract Type||One off|
|Estimated ValueTEXT DESCRIPTION||Twenty Thousand GBP|
|Category||Education, Public Health, Market Research,|
|Suitable for SME||YES|
DOCUMENT AVAILABLE UNTIL
19 May 2014
SUBMISSION RETURN BY
23 May 2014
Northamptonshire County Council