‘a health promoting school can be characterised as a school
which is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy
place in which to live, learn and work.’

(WHO, 1997)

Principles of a Health Promoting School

The principles of a health promoting school are similar to the principles of health promotion as outlined in the Ottawa Charter (1996). The components of a HPS reflect these principles and include:

  • Promoting the health and well-being of pupils
  • Enhancing the learning outcomes of pupils
  • Upholding social justice and equity
  • Providing a safe and supportive environment
  • Involving pupil participation and empowerment
  • Linking health and education issues and systems
  • Addressing the health and well-being issues of school staff
  • Collaborating with parents/guardians and the wider community
  • Integrating health into the schools’ ongoing activities, curriculum and assessment standards
  • Setting realistic goals built on accurate data and sound evidence
  • Seeking continuous improvement through ongoing monitoring and evaluation