The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage enables schools to gain and maintain Healthy School status against a criterion that supports all aspects of health including the PSHE and SRE agenda. It also helps to provide the first step in identifying priorities for Enhancement. Schools are able to use a locally produced benchmarking tool against which they self-evaluate. Schools are supported with this process by the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service.
The Foundation Stage is revalidated every two years, again using the benchmarking tool.
A school can choose to stay at foundation level but must revalidate every 2 years and evaluation using the benchmarking document should reflect some progress.
The support from the health improvement team will not be as great as for those schools working towards enhanced status although it will be offered to support schools to achieve status.