Health and Wellbeing in Schools

Schools play a huge role in safeguarding and promoting the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and parents. In this section you will find material, resources and information to support schools to become happier, healthier environments.

For those schools that are not already registered on the Healthy Schools London programme, we would encourage you to sign up.

Schools are in a position to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of their communities. Research has shown that education and health are closely linked, and that improving the health and wellbeing of pupils within schools and colleges can lead to an improvement in educational outcomes as well as health outcomes.

We offer a range of guidance and support for improving health and wellbeing in your schools. Click on the links below to find out more. 

Research in Wellbeing in Schools

Improving health and boosting academic attainment in schools are not mutually exclusive goals. In fact, research has demonstrated numerous links between health and wellbeing and academic achievement.

A Public Health England report found that:

  1. Pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically.
  2. Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing, and better achievement.
  3. The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.
  4. A positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of pupils.

Changes to Ofsted were made in 2015, including greater emphasis on safeguarding, personal development, behaviour and welfare, mean that school provision around health and wellbeing is becoming increasingly central to Ofsted rating.

Last update: Thursday 15th of August 2019 11:36:14 AM