Year 7 health check - Cornwall Healthy Schools

Year 7 health check
Pilot Evaluation
July/August 2012
Healthy Child Programme
A health review at should be offered at school
transition in Year 6/7 (10–12 years).
This will also provide an opportunity to
introduce the school nurse, and to explain
how to access health advice and information,
at a time when many pupils feel anxious.
Department of Health (2009).
onsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_107566 /
School Nursing
Development Programme
Students starting secondary school should be
encouraged to get to know their school nurse
so they know where to go for help and advice
when they need it.
The school nursing service has a crucial role
in improving the physical and emotional
health of children and young people.
Department of Health (2012).
Year 7 Electronic
Questionnaire Pilot
A working party created a Meridian survey for the
year 7 questionnaire.
A pilot was set up in Falmouth School, running in
July/August 2012.
Three tutor groups of Year 7 students participated
during ICT lessons.
Students had a short presentation from the school
nurse, followed by a question and answer session,
they then completed the survey and an evaluation.
Evaluation of pilot
It was a survey and not a questionnaire
It provided us with data that we already had access
to via healthy schools service.
The online method did not allow young people to be
able to request an appointment or information.
The young people stated the online method did help
them think about their health, although they did not
think the questionnaire was useful. However, they
stated that meeting the school nurse and being able
to ask questions was a good idea.
Change to practice
As from Sept 2012 we will no longer
undertake a questionnaire, but will offer a
health check to every Year 7 student.
Parents will not be asked for consent but will
be informed by school text and school
prospectus and will also be invited to raise
issues about their child’s health.
All health checks to be offered by February
each year.
Make an appointment to meet key person at school
Ask for information
to go on school website
Undertake a
presentation to all year 7 pupils
Tutor groups/PSHE/IT
Request a text is sent to
Parents of Y7 children
If a health check is requested
undertake using the
proforma in protocols
School website/prospectus
Schools will be asked to display the text below
within their website and in their prospectus:
School Nursing Service
Each autumn term the school nurse will meet with groups of year 7 pupils in
order to raise the awareness of health issues that the school nurse can
support young people with, to highlight the school nurse weekly drop in
service and to offer each year 7 pupil a health check.
If you would like to discuss a year 7 health check
please contact the school nurse team on
(individual SN team telephone number)
Further information can be accessed via website:
Text Message for parents
Schools will be asked to send the below text
message in the autumn term:
This term your year 7 child will be offered
an optional health check with the school
nurse. If you wish to discuss further
telephone (individual SN team telephone

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