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Hertfordshire Healthy Schools programme

Herts for Learning recognises the importance of meeting the health and wellbeing needs of children and young people. Research has shown that there is a well established correlation between health and wellbeing and pupils’ educational attainment and motivation. The HfL Healthy Schools programme supports the sustainable development of all aspects of health and wellbeing within the school curriculum and forms part of the whole school approach.

The Hfl Healthy Schools programme offers schools:

  • An opportunity to attend a  launch event led by a Hertfordshire Healthy Schools  adviser, to provide guidance on the process to achieve accreditation,  and to support school leads in identifying areas for development
  • HfL Healthy Schools  self‑evaluation audit and action planning tools to support a school through the programme
  • Access  to online resources  that provide up‑to‑date information on PSHCE and Healthy Schools  related issues
  • An adviser from the HfL Healthy School programme to act as a key point of contact throughout the year
  • A certificate  and logo , used to mark success on the completion of HfL Healthy Schools  Status or Enhanced Status.

The programme consists of four central themes:

  • PSHCE (including citizenship,  sex and relationships education, drug education, anti‑bullying, equalities and eSafety)
  • Emotional health and wellbeing (including children and young people, staff and the wider school community)
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity

To join the programme, please contact:

Programme Cost:
The programme is great value for money, costing £800 for an annual subscription (for HfL non-shareholders), collected through monthly direct debit.  The non-HfL shareholder price is £1,000 for an annual subscription.

HfL Healthy Schools Status

The first phase of the programme works towards a school’s HfL Healthy Schools  Status. Completion of the ‘Whole School Self Evaluation and Review Tool’  will help schools reflect on provision for their children and young people and staff’s health and wellbeing. A robust action plan will created from the review process.  The school will work through identified tasks and actions throughout the year. The ‘Whole School Self Evaluation and Review Tool’ will be revisited at the end of the year and status will be awarded to schools that are able to show their actions have been met and can demonstrate impact. Validation stands for a year from the date of the award.

Hertfordshire Healthy Schools Enhanced Status

Schools that have achieved the first phase of HfL Healthy Schools can choose to work towards an enhanced status in the second year on the programme. This requires the school to select a key health and wellbeing priority (PSHCE, Physical Activity,Healthy Eating or Emotional Health and Wellbeing)  and create an action plan identifying activities and actions needed to achieve all the ‘enhanced’ statements from the ‘Whole School Self Evaluation and Review Tool’  for the chosen priority theme . .Following the final submission of the action plan, a validation visit will be arranged by the Healthy School Adviser .If the school successfully demonstrates the impact and sustainability of their work then enhanced status will be awarded. Validation stands for a year from the date of accreditation.


Want to find out more?


Herts for Learning
Phone: 01438 845111