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Essex Healthy Schools Programme

Page last updated: 13/09/2022

Healthy Schools Transformation

Essex Healthy Schools is a school health improvement strategy that was developed from the national Healthy Schools programme which ran from 1999 to 2011.  The programme builds on the commitment within Essex schools to better the health and wellbeing of children and young people. 

In September 2021 the new Essex Healthy Schools programme was launched with schools, having undergone a transformation to reflect the changes in the public health and education landscapes over the last 10 years.

The updated programme has removed the need for a foundation and enhanced award scheme and as such has become far less bureaucratic, enabling schools to focus on the specific needs of their school community.  The new approach includes awards to celebrate best practice in different areas of public health such as PSHE education, mental health and emotional wellbeing, physical activity, food and nutrition, and pupil voice.

An annual awards ceremony will take place to celebrate schools' achievements and showcase areas of best practice.

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service are commissioned by Essex County Council to support schools with the programme.  Each school has an allocated Healthy Schools Engagement Worker who will be on hand to offer support and advice; they will undertake an annual Healthy Schools Profile Visit where schools will have the opportunity to share good practice and discuss any health and wellbeing concerns they have. Schools will be sent a completed Healthy Schools Profile document which will include a Healthy Schools offer of support if required. 

Further details of the Healthy Schools Programme can be found by on the Essex Family Wellbeing website.

Current News

​We will post new updates here as they arise. They could include:

  • new guidance for schools
  • PSHE updates
  • upcoming training opportunities

August 2022

June 2022

  • RSHE Support for Schools​ - Spring 2022 edition
  • National Schools Breakfast - funded by the Department for Education and delivered by Family Action to support schools in England to provide children with a healthy breakfast at the start of the school day

December 2021​

April 2021

DfE have published the final teacher training module, 'Being Safe':

We have also published the training module on teaching RSHE to pupils with SEND

Essex Sexual Health Services enhance partnership with Terrence Higgins Trust to better reach young adults

The providers of sexual health services across Essex have ceased their relationship with Brook to begin an improved programme with the UK's leading sexual health charity to support young people.

From September 2022, Terence Higgins Trust​ will deliver co-produced sexual health education in high schools and other youth venues, as well as more structured counselling for vulnerable young adults and training to a broader range of health and social care professionals.

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Support for Schools



Healthy Lifestyles

Emotional Health and Wellbeing