The Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) was a joint initiative between DCSF and Department of Health (DH) - which promoted a whole school / whole child approach to health. The Programme began in 1999. It was 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.
The Healthy Schools Programme had several aims:
- Improvement in health and reduced health inequalities;
- Raised pupil achievement;
- More social inclusion; and,
- Closer working between health promotion providers and education establishments
Much of the questionnaire work that SHEU has done in schools over the last few years has been under the banner of the Healthy Schools programme.
We have been working hard to adapt our services for the new Enhancement Model for Healthy Schools or Healthy Schools Plus around the country. Local figures have proven a potent stimulus to deciding local priorities for action.
See our Good Practice list including a fantastic project from Cornwall
We will make sure our services match the needs of people working in schools, local authorities and public health. We do not doubt that however it develops, professionals at all levels will continue to need up-to-date baseline information for planning and monitoring results showing the impact of their policies on the lives of young people.