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Health promotion in education settings


South Gloucestershire Council’s Public Health and Wellbeing Division has a Healthy Foundations team. The team’s work has, as one of its strategic priorities, a focus on the health and wellbeing needs of children and young people.

Within the Healthy Foundations team sits the Health Promotion in Education Settings work programme.

Why is promoting health and wellbeing in education settings a priority for the Healthy Foundations team?

In 2012 the Chief Medical Officer argued that “promoting physical and mental health in schools creates a virtuous circle reinforcing children’s attainment and achievement that in turn improves their wellbeing, enabling children to thrive and achieve their full potential.” (Brooks F. 2013, Chapter 7: Life stage: Schools Years).

In 2014 Public Health England’s briefing paper for school leaders established the importance of ensuring the health promotion focus incorporates physical activity, food and nutrition, social and emotional learning as well as interventions that reduce bullying and improve peer-to-peer and pupil / staff relationships (PHE. 2015, The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment: A briefing for head teachers, governors and staff in education settings).

More recent Department for Education guidance, although adopting a mental health focus, further reinforces the above when stating “it is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood.” (DfE. 2021, Promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing: A whole school or college approach, p3).

What support does the Health Promotion in Education Settings work programme offer education settings?

The Health Promotion in Education Settings work programme makes a Core Offer of support available without cost to all education settings. The Core Offer can be found in the download box.

To access any aspect of the Core Offer, please email:

The Core Offer comprises:


  • Free PSHE / RSHE Resource and Information Platform , including links to free lesson resources such as: NSPCC Talk Relationships, CEOP Respecting Me, You, Us, City of Wolverhampton Council KS2 Wellbeing Toolkit). (If you don’t yet have access to the resource and information platform on SharePoint email: using ‘I want access’ as the subject line.)
  • Termly Public Health Bulletin for Education Settings with local and national updates, support information and guidance. (If you don’t currently receive the bulletin, please email: using ‘add me to the bulletin mailing list’ as the subject line.) Links to the Bulletin issues from the current academic year can be found in the related links box on the right
  • Dare, 5-lesson teaching pack covering consent, health relationships and gender-based inequality (due for launch May 2023)
  • Service Directories for PSHE and Mental Health

Workforce support:

  • Promotion of free training covering a range of health and wellbeing topics
  • Signposting to NSPCC Talk Relationships teacher helpline / advice line
  • Provision of free, bespoke PSHE / RSHE advice and support sessions
  • Quarterly Primary and Secondary stage PSHE / RSHE Leads Network meetings
  • Question / advice space via Teams for users of the PSHE / RSHE Resource and Information Platform

Award programme:

  • 3-level, Health Promotion in Education Settings (HPES) Award programme: 1) Healthy Roots Quality Mark, 2) HPES Beacon Setting, 3) HPES Beacon+ Exemplar Setting
  • Beacon / Beacon+ Exemplar setting status achieved by completing awards / quality mark processes from a ‘menu’ of local and national options
  • Healthy Roots Quality Mark completed via completion of an online self-assessment tool

For those wanting more information about the award programme, or to take part, please download the HPES Award Programme FAQ document from the box on the right

Evidence and intelligence:

  • All primary / secondary / post-16 settings in South Gloucestershire encouraged and supported to participate in the South Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey (OPS)
  • Suite of infographics, presentations, and summary reports available on a variety of Online Pupil Survey topics
  • Education settings can request bespoke data / evidence analyses or insight to support intervention planning
  • Ensuring settings are benefitting from accessing or using data available through the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), Active Lives Survey, National Oral Health Survey and Public Health Intelligence Portal to better identify children and young people’s health and wellbeing needs

To access the Core Offer, call 01454 864 606 or email

What is the South Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey (OPS)?

The Healthy Foundations team commission Foster and Brown Research Limited to undertake a comprehensive anonymous and confidential health, wellbeing, and school experience survey that:

  • Has been undertaken bi-annually since 2015
  • Is completed by pupils in years 4 to 6 and 8 to 12
  • Is offered without charge to all primary, secondary, and post-16 settings, including non-mainstream and special educational settings
  • Has been completed by over 38,000 pupils across 115 educational settings since 2015
  • Was completed by over 8,000 pupils in 2021
  • Gives pupils a voice and choice to direct aspects of health and wellbeing education, support, and intervention in their setting, enabling them to feel invested, whilst giving them a role in making the setting’s health and wellbeing activity relevant and meaningful​
  • Provides powerful data enabling local decision-makers to understand and address the health and wellbeing needs of children and young people.

Summary reports from the 2021, 2017 and 2015 Health and Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey are available in the Download box.

NB: it is the responsibility of anyone downloading these summary reports to adhere to the OPS Data Sharing: Terms & Conditions document, available in the download box.

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