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Health promotion in education settings

Why promoting health and wellbeing in school settings is a priority

Research indicates that good health in children contributes to positive educational outcomes which in turn result in better health throughout adult life (Youngblade et al, 2007).


The Public health and wellbeing division of the council currently facilitates several aspects of support, advice and guidance on health and wellbeing for schools, see useful links below. A new SharePoint site for educational settings to access a range of PSHE and mental health resources, policies and lesson plans is being designed, and when ready, will be accessible here.

Schools are actively encouraged to take part in the local Health in Schools programme (HiSP) which brings together the best evidence based health promotion practice and sets achievable challenges to improve the health and wellbeing for everyone within the school community. The programme is currently paused and will be relaunched for the new school year (September 2022).

As part of the Health Promotion in Education Settings work programme, we produce a termly Public Health Bulletin for Education Settings containing links to PSHE / RSHE teaching and learning materials, accessible local and national training, relevant health campaign details, a noticeboard and information on staff wellbeing. Issues can be found using the drop-down list ‘+Promoting Health and Wellbeing in School Settings’ through this link: Bulletins

If you would like your setting to be receiving a copy of the Bulletin directly each term, please email:

About the South Gloucestershire Health and wellbeing Online Pupil Survey (OPS)

The OPS provides important and comprehensive data that adds to the picture of health and wellbeing needs of children and young people across the local authority. The OPS started in 2015 and is run every other year in term 3 (January/February). Participation has increased from 6,000 children and young people in 2015 and 2017 to over 8,000 in 2021.

The children and young people taking part in the survey provide a powerful vehicle for their voices to steer local decision-makers to understand and address children and young people feelings and health behaviours.

Read the 2021 Online Pupil Survey

You can also read the OPS17 Summary report on our website and the OPS15 summary report.

Please note: When a group of children is small (for example some of the populations identifying as being part of specific ethnic group in the survey are less than 20 pupils), we are less confident that any results indicate a trend in population health. Nevertheless, we have chosen to leave these results in the survey as we felt it was important to represent the views and experiences of minority groups. Whilst definitive conclusions cannot be drawn from these results, they can still prompt further questions, investigation or work with the group concerned.

Useful links

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