The History of Healthy Schools in London.
Supporting children’s health and wellbeing is nothing new to London’s schools. With the support of the boroughs’ education departments, more than nine out of ten achieved “Healthy School Status” under the national programme that ran between 1997 and 2011.
In 2011, the London Health Improvement Board agreed to help schools continue this track record by developing a programme tailored specifically for London. Although the programme was part of a project to tackle child obesity in London, the Board recognised that the potential benefits would go much further.
From April 2013, the programme is sponsored by the Mayor of London, and is being delivered by a small team in the Greater London Authority.
The programme will therefore help schools to refresh, revive and re-establish the healthy environments they worked hard to develop in recent years.