Strategy in action - healthy schools
A Health Development Agency case study

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Page 1: Introduction

Governments often propose new initiatives, some of which turn out in the long run to be more successful than others. One key factor affecting the likelihood of an initiative's eventual success is the amount of research, thought and planning that precedes its introduction.

This Case Study looks at the government's National Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) introduced in October 1999 and examines some of the planning procedures that have been involved in making sure that this programme is well structured and properly organised in advance of its delivery.

A Healthy School is one that is successful in helping pupils and students to do their best and build on their achievements, and which promotes a school ethos and environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle. It understands the importance of investing in health to assist in the process of raising levels of pupil achievement and improving standards. The Programme will lead to more structured health promotion in schools, with an emphasis on targeting the needs of local school populations of children and young people.

The NHSP is one of the means of achieving the government's aim of supporting the public to make healthier and more informed choices in regard to their health. It makes sense for people to be healthier because this enables them to lead more enjoyable, active lives. It also makes economic sense, because preventing ill health is better and cheaper than having to spend money and time on curing health problems.

Healthy eating/physical activity are only two aspects of healthy schools. Others include emotional health and well-being (including bullying), sex and relationships education, drugs education (including alcohol and tobacco), personal social and health education, safety and Citizenship.

To create and implement any plan or programme it is necessary to create a clear planning framework.

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