Healthy Schools

The Essex Healthy Schools Programme is a school health improvement strategy which builds on the commitment within Essex schools to better the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

We provide a strategic framework for schools to reflect on the relationship between health and achievement. This maximises the potential for development and innovation at a local level to improve health and wellbeing.

A two-stage process is offered to help schools identify and develop the approaches that will assist them with health improvement. This process is based on the national framework but has been streamlined and localised in the light of feedback from schools and partner agencies.


Why is it good to be a healthy school?

schoolkids eating

Our approach

A healthy school seeks to provide a healthy environment that engages all – children & young people, staff, parents/carers and the wider community through a whole school approach.

The whole school approach is an extremely effective, evidence-based school improvement mechanism that brings about and embeds cultural change in schools.

Core themes in our work include:

  1. Personal, social and health education
  2. Emotional health and wellbeing
  3. Healthy eating
  4. Physical activity
  5. Pupil voice
  6. Parents, carers and community


Your school can gain Healthy School accreditation and support of differing levels with the following awards:

The Foundation Healthy School Stage >

The Enhanced Healthy School Stage >

Healthy schools and SEMH newsletters

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