The Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme aims to create a healthier environment for children attending schools in London. This project is evaluating the Greater London Authority’s Healthy School London programme in schools within the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames area.
The Healthy Schools London programme was launched in 2013 by the Greater London Authority. It aims to improve schools’ health-promoting environments, to support pupils to develop healthy behaviours, reduce health inequalities, and improve educational achievement. Participating schools are recognised and rewarded for their health promoting activities through an accreditation process for the awarding of Bronze, Silver, and Gold healthy school status. The Healthy Schools London programme operates within a complex environment of continuously evolving policy, changes to national standards, and OFSTED inspections
We evaluated the Healthy Schools London programme to see if it contributed to improved health, well-being, and educational achievement among school children in London. We communicated our findings back to the Greater London Authority regularly to facilitate ongoing development of the programme.
Many of the recommendations from the evaluation have already been taken up by the Greater London Authority, and others are being discussed. Findings are also being shared with the Public Health England child health team. A similar evaluation in the Netherlands is now being informed by our results.
Principal investigator: Dr Harry Rutter, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Partners and collaborators involved: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Greater London Authority, Institute of Education (UCL)