A Solihull primary school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for promoting a healthy body image.
Pupils at Oak Cottage Primary School took part in a national health behaviour questionnaire and staff became aware that some year six pupils were already starting to experience low self-esteem and a negative body image.
Staff in the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) department decided to tackle this issue by running training workshops with staff and parents exploring body image issues and the effect they can have on children.
Following the positive response to these workshops, the school worked with parents to devise a scheme of work for pupils.
Ruth Bayley, PSHE lead at Oak Cottage Primary School, said: “Through providing a PSHE programme that is engaging and exciting we ensure our pupils are equipped to cope with any questions and issues they have about growing up.
“Children thoroughly enjoy taking part in these units, and engage positively and maturely with the subject of body image.”
There is now a curriculum for pupils from years one to six designed to promote positive self-esteem and encourage discussion about role models.
Coun Joe Tildesley, cabinet member for education, skills and life-long learning, added: “Solihull’s schools are firmly committed to promoting healthy practices to children in order to best prepare them for later life. This means making sure that body image and healthy living issues are discussed openly and positively. Oak Cottage Primary School is a wonderful example.”