Healthy Schools

 Healthy School

"The Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) is a joint initiative between DCSF and Department of Health (DH) - which promotes a whole school / whole child approach to health. The Programme has existed since 1999. It is recognised as a key delivery mechanism in the Children’s Plan (DCSF 2007) and in Healthy Weight, healthy Lives (DH 2008) – 21st Century White Paper reference.

Healthy Schools is intended to deliver real benefits in respect of:

  • Improvement in health and reduced health inequalities;
  • Raised pupil achievement;
  • More social inclusion; and,
  • Closer working between health promotion providers and education establishments

We want all children and young people to be healthy and achieve at school and in life. We believe that by providing opportunities at school for enhancing emotional and physical aspects of health. In the longer term, this will lead to improved health, reduced health inequalities, increased social inclusion and raise achievement for all.

The National Healthy Schools Programme & Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters: Change for Children is a comprehensive approach to the well-being of children and young people from birth to age 19. It places national outcomes for children and young people firmly at the centre of all policies and approaches involving children’s services.

The five outcomes for children and young people are:

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve through learning
  • Make a positive contribution to society
  • Achieve economic well-being

Every Child Matters expects organisations providing services to children and young people, including schools, to work together in more integrated and effective ways. It also encourages children and young people to have more say about issues that affect them as individuals and collectively.

There are direct links between the criteria for the National Healthy School Status and the five Every Child Matters outcomes, schools achieving National Healthy School Status can demonstrate how they are working to the five outcomes. In addition Local Authorities have to demonstrate through their Annual Performance Assessments and Joint Area Reviews their progress in helping schools achieve National Healthy School Status."

Healthy Schools (2009), About healthy schools, [online], available from: (Accessed 12 November 2009)