FELTWELL: Germ-busting pupils earn scheme rewards
An initiative to promote better hygiene among primary school pupils has led to a boost in attendance levels, officials say.
Staff and youngsters at the Edmund-de-Moundeford Primary School in Feltwell have joined forces with health officials to take part in an NHS Germbusters campaign.
The scheme offers advice on how basic hygiene practices, such as hand washing, can help to prevent illnesses from spreading.
Headteacher Julie Lillycrop said the school had been inspired to take part in the programme after their last Ofsted inspection in 2011.
She said: “We had positive results for everything apart from attendance, where our results were unsatisfactory.
“It was clear that this wasn’t just because of term-time holidays or other such reasons, but because our children were genuinely getting ill a lot.”
Following the inspection, the school launched a number of initiatives designed to promote improved hygiene, plus a reward and medal scheme for good attendance.
Since then, attendance levels have risen and are now in line with the national target of 95 per cent.
Mrs Lillycrop added: “Some parents have told us that their children are more keen to come to school and go on about our reward scheme.”
The school teamed up with NHS Norfolk and Waveney to take part in the Germbusters programme.
Interim director of public health Lucy Macleod said: “Schemes like this are really important to help educate children about how some illnesses can spread.”
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