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Schools to monitor well-being?

1st May 2008

Proposals have been put forward for the health of children across schools in England to be monitored.


Schools could be required to keep records of pupils’ drug use and obesity under moves to keep details on 18 aspects of children’s lives, including the incidence of pregnancies.

Head teachers are now being consulted on the proposals first outlined in the Children’s Plan published by the government last year.

The document also indicated that the schools’ inspectorate Ofsted should assess schools on pupil well-being as well as exam results, exclusion rates and other factors.

While acknowledging schools have a part to play in reducing obesity and teenage pregnancy, teachers’ leaders are opposed to the wider idea.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers says teachers should not be held responsible for all aspects of pupils’ lives.

And John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: “Children only spend a small proportion of their lives at school. It’s absolutely wrong to dump this agenda on schools.?

Schools Minister Jim Knight said schools had a crucial role to play in children’s lives.

But he added: “It is not down to them to solve issues in wider society alone - and we have never said it was. We want teachers to be able to focus on teaching.

“In the Children’s Plan we announced that we want to do more to ensure schools get the support needed for pupils by bringing integrated services into schools. It is about schools being able to tap into expert outside help.?


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