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Public health engagement with academy and free schools to enable evidenced-based health promotion in schools

11:00 - 15:00

Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

This workshop will share early findings from an NIHR study exploring how public health experts can work with academy school chains and free school groups to improve staff and student health.

Young people’s health and wellbeing can have a significant impact on their education. Schools can act as a key setting to promote the importance of health to children, young people and the staff that work there.

One third of state-funded schools in England are Academy Trusts (or part of a multi-Academy Trust) and around half of all pupils in England are taught in Academy Trusts. Despite these figures little research has been carried out to look at how public health experts can work with academy chains and groups of free schools.

Researchers at NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) based at the University of Bristol, in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Fuse (The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health), have been conducting a study into health promotion for staff and students in Academy school settings. The study is funded by the NIHR School for Public Health.

This event will share early findings from the study, in particular:

• how we as public health researchers could best work with academy schools (including free schools) to assist them in:
− assessing the health and wellbeing needs of their students and staff; and
− implementing evidence-based programmes to improve the health and educational attainment of their students and staff health

• how to carry out research with academy schools and free schools to find effective ways of improving the health of their students and staff.

The day will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from across education and public health to help inform links between public health researchers and Academy schools and chains. Delegates will be asked to provide feedback on the findings and use their expertise to help identify more effective means of conducting health-based research in schools.

Delegates will also learn about the School Health Research Network in Wales and take part in an associated discussion about the potential benefits of adopting this approach in England.
A written record of the event will inform future guidance for public health researchers.

The event is free, however you will need to book. Lunch will be provided and a full programme will be sent to delegates in advance.

Find out more about this NIHR SPHR study here.

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