The National Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) wants 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 health we can support measures to:
- improve long-term health
- reduce health inequalities
- increase social inclusion
- raise achievement for all.
For schools to attain National Healthy Schools Status they must have in place the minimum evidence for 41 criteria across these four themes:
- Emotional Health and Wellbeing
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity
- Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) - includes Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and drugs education.
The programme is based on a whole school approach and works with the entire school community - pupils, parents, teachers, staff and governors.
A Healthy School shares the programme's vision that children and young people should be happy, healthy and achieve at school and in life. It understands the links between health, behaviour and achievement and is committed to its pupil's emotional and physical wellbeing.