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Haringey Healthy Schools Programme

The Haringey Healthy Schools Programme aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people across the borough. The scheme is sponsored by the Mayor of London as part of the London Healthy Schools Programme (external link). From September 2023, the Healthy Schools Programme will be run by the National Children's Bureau (external link)

The programme is underpinned by schools’ statutory duty to promote the health and wellbeing of their pupils and supports a whole-school approach.

The programme contains four overarching topics:

The programme recognises and celebrates those schools that are making a difference for their pupils and staff through an award scheme and guides and supports schools in working towards a bronze, silver or gold award.

Schools participating in the Haringey Healthy Schools Programme will receive:

  • A set framework that schools can follow to identify their strengths, limitations and good practices that already exist in ensuring a whole-school approach to health and wellbeing (PDF - external link)
  • On-going support to Healthy School leads. This includes guidance and support for Healthy School leads to work towards Bronze, Silver or Gold awards. Please email:
  • Evidence for OFSTED inspections on children's wellbeing as well their RSHE curriculum
  • Regular newsletters, packed with local information and up to date guidance and support. To sign up for the newsletter and the network meeting, please email
  • Access to free or subsidised resources and support programmes, which are commissioned as part of the Healthy Schools Programme by Haringey Public Health

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Haringey Healthy Schools Network Meeting

Each school term there is a Healthy Schools Network Meeting for leads within schools. The network meetings provide a unique opportunity to learn about the latest evidence, share good practice and meet other key professionals who contribute to the Healthy Schools programme.

  • The next Healthy Schools Network Meeting for Haringey schools will be held via Teams in October 2023. 
  • The next RSHE/PSHE Network Meeting for Haringey schools will be held via Zoom in October or November 2023. 

Benefits for schools of signing up to the Healthy Schools Programme

  • Increased number of opportunities that children and young people have to be physically active in and out of schools
  • Improved links between schools and communities that promote physical activity, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing
  • Recognition of the school's achievement
  • Improved health and wellbeing outcomes for pupils, staff and the wider school community

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Resources to promote a whole-school approach

Resilience, wellbeing and mental health information and resources

Resources to support staff, children and families to have higher levels of resilience, wellbeing and mental health, assembled under themes commonly searched by school staff.

Developed by Haringey’s Anchor Approach, in partnership with colleagues in the Local Authority, NHS and third sector organisations; hosted by Haringey Healthy Schools. Funded by the DFE ‘Wellbeing in Education’ project.

See Haringey’s Anchor Approach pages for more information about the support offered to schools.

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The Daily Mile

Many Haringey primary schools and nurseries participate in The Daily Mile. The Daily Mile helps children to increase their physical activity levels by running for 15 minutes every day in school or nursery. The Daily Mile is not Sport or PE, but rather health and wellbeing through physical activity.

It is a fully-inclusive, free and simple initiative that improves the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children. There is no extra workload for teachers.

It is recommended that schools introduce The Daily Mile to children as a run or jog, not as a walk. If implemented as per core principles, almost all children will be able to run for most, or all of, the way after around 4 weeks. This level of fitness will be maintained or improved over the coming months and years.

For more information and to sign up for free, visit the Daily Mile website (external link).

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PANTS campaign in Haringey

NSPCC Talk PANTS, Haringey campaign (external link) (The Underwear Rule). Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.  

More information for schools and teachers on the PANTS campaign can be found in  The public health approach to supporting schools in preventing peer-on-peer abuse (PDF, 5.7MB)

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Page last updated:

August 30, 2023