Sharing complex health-related resources could enhance school improvement by ensuring that pupils receive the comprehensive care and support they need to thrive.  Sharing such resources and best practice promotes a collaborative, more consistent, and equitable approach to health and wellbeing, which is essential to creating supportive and effective learning environments.

We believe there are several reasons why sharing these kinds of resources can help enhance school improvement:

  1. Improved Student Wellbeing: health and wellbeing are key foundations to pupil success and by sharing resources related to complex health issues, schools can better support the physical, sensory, mental, and emotional wellbeing of these young people: this likely leads to healthier pupils who are more ready to engage and learn.
  2. Access to Expertise: not many schools have in-house expertise to handle complex health-related issues, and so sharing these resources allows schools to benefit from the knowledge and experience of specialised professionals, such as complex health nurses, counsellors, and therapists, ensuring that pupils can receive high-quality care and support.
  3. Consistent Care: we can better ensure that there is a consistent approach to managing health issues across different schools if resources and practice are shared. This consistency is vital for pupils who may transfer between schools or local authorities, ensuring that their care and support remain continuous.
  4. Professional Development: staff can greatly benefit from professional development related to health issues, so by sharing resources, we can help provide training and development opportunities that equip staff with the skills and knowledge to effectively support young people with complex health needs.
  5. Comprehensive Health Care [Support] Plans: sharing how HCPs can be established facilitates the development of comprehensive support plans which should integrate medical, educational, and social support, ensuring that all aspects of wellbeing are addressed in a coordinated manner.
  6. Crisis Management: schools need to be prepared to handle health emergencies. Shared resources can include guidelines and best practices for managing health crises, ensuring we’re ready to respond effectively to emergencies, mitigating risk and ensuring pupil safety.
  7. Enhanced Collaboration: sharing resources naturally encourages collaboration between schools, healthcare professionals, families, and community organisations.  A transdisciplinary collaborative approach ensures that all key people are involved in supporting the health and wellbeing of pupils in a timely manner, leading to more inclusive and effective interventions.
  8. Equity in Health Support: by sharing health-related resources, schools can ensure that pupils, regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds, have access to the health support they need, promoting equity and ensuring that no individual is disadvantaged due to a lack of resources.
  9. Parent and Community Engagement: schools can better engage with parents and the community if these kinds of resources are shared.  When schools can provide clear, consistent information and support regarding health issues, it fosters trust and collaboration with families and community partners.
  10. Data Sharing and Best Practices: schools can share data and best practices related to health interventions, helping to identify what works and what doesn’t.  This evidence-based and transdisciplinary approach will likely lead to improved health outcomes for pupils and more effective use of resources.
  11. Policy Development: sharing such resources can inform policy development at the school and wider levels.  By understanding and implementing best practices in health support, schools can create policies that ensure the health and safety of all pupils.