A better Medway

About the programme

The A Better Medway (ABM) Schools Award programme helps schools promote the health and wellbeing of their pupils and staff.

All schools in Medway are eligible to take part in the award programme.

Evidence shows the importance of a sound education in promoting better health and wellbeing for all children and young people and, in particular, those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

The ABM Schools Award is an evidence-based approach that promotes the link between good health, behaviour and achievement through 9 themes:

  • PSHE
  • staff wellbeing
  • mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • climate change
  • parent engagement
  • healthy eating and nutrition
  • community engagement
  • physical activity and active travel
  • smoke free.

The whole school community should be involved:

  • all staff: teaching, non-teaching and support
  • pupils
  • parents
  • governors.

Where possible, the local community should also be involved.

Aims of the programme

An ABM school is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working. 

We believe that by supporting children and young people in developing healthy behaviours we can help: 

  • reduce health inequalities
  • promote social inclusion
  • raise the achievement of children and young people.

What next

For a no obligation meeting to get the ABM Schools Award programme in your school, call us on 01634 334 307 or email childhealth@medway.gov.uk.

Find out how to take part.

If you're ready to start, complete our online form:

Register your interest in the programme