Young leaders from primary schools in the Wednesbury Learning Community are aiming to make their schools healthier and happier places to learn.
Young leaders from each of the local primary school councils have been meeting together regularly to plan joint projects. They wanted to focus on healthy eating, physical activity, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and feeling happy.
Schools were paired up, and pupils frequently visited each others’ schools to have discussions and swap ideas.
Many students took away new suggestions on how to make schools healthier. A few suggestions included: worry boxes, a healthier tuck shop and healthy lunch box competitions.
Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, attended an event where the young leaders presented their findings and recommendations to senior managers from Wednesbury schools and Sandwell Council.
She said: “I have been so impressed by the work these children have undertaken and this is an excellent example of promoting health and wellbeing in school settings.
“Getting children involved plays a massive role into them becoming happier and healthier.”
And Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children’s services, said he was “tremendously impressed” to hear of the way young people were involved in healthy meal discussions.
“It is very positive to hear how much the children got involved – and how much they enjoyed it,” he said.