Healthy Schools London

Over 1,000 schools in London have now signed up to the Healthy Schools London programme to improve pupils’ health and wellbeing. The scheme aims to use a range of approaches including creative activities to improve children’s health and emotional wellbeing.

Focusing on increasing access to healthy food throughout the school day, providing opportunities to be more physically active and reducing childhood obesity, the scheme encourages environmental changes at schools as well as offering children access to different activities. Primary and secondary schools across every borough have introduced initiatives including playing basketball, learning circus skills, introducing an anti-bullying charter, teaching cooking skills, behaviour incentive schemes and gardening clubs. The scheme operates an awards system and of the 1,000 schools already signed-up, 340 schools have achieved Bronze status, 39 Silver, and two Gold.

In London a third of 10-11 year olds and over a fifth of 4-5 year olds are currently overweight or obese. Recent research found that addressing all parts of the school environment is an effective way to improve a child’s health and that improving health enhances academic attainment.