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Kat Burke
Health Improvement Officer (ELL)
Tel: 01467 628494

Health & Wellbeing in Education (formally known as Health Promoting Schools)

The Education, Learning & Leisure Service of Aberdeenshire Council is committed to promoting the Health and Wellbeing of its service users to achieve ‘the very best’ for all Aberdeenshire children.  Over recent years schools have made huge progress in Health and Wellbeing across Aberdeenshire. All schools within Aberdeenshire have achieved Health Promoting School status.

For those interested in finding out more about what it means to be a Health Promoting School you can search on line under the heading ‘Being Well, Doing Well’ – a framework for HPS in Scotland (published in February 2004 by the Scottish Executive). This is a booklet which clearly sets out what the characteristics of a Health Promoting School are. Chapters 2/3 are particularly good. Also going online to the Education Scotland site and searching under Health Promoting School will provide you with more background information.

Health & Wellbeing Approach

The agenda in education has moved forward, however, all schools are still required to take a whole school approach to integrating health promotion/health and wellbeing into every aspect of school life.  Effective partnerships with pupils, all teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and the wider community enable the whole school community to promote health and wellbeing. The whole school community: 

  • promotes the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of all children and young people; and
  • works with partners to identify and meet the health needs of the whole school and its wider community.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) guide for schools, ‘How Good Is Our School?’ highlights the importance of promoting health in helping a school achieve excellence. It emphasises the need for schools to:

  • Promote positive relationships with a caring and inclusive school community;
  • Provide the whole school community with positive experiences that promote and protect their health; and
  • Promote positive and healthy attitudes and behaviours

More Information

For further information about Health and Wellbeing in Education (Aberdeenshire) contact Kat Burke, Health Improvement Officer on 01467 628494 or email


Links – national legislation and documents (search under “health and wellbeing” and “health promotion”) – guidance on education Health and Wellbeing and Curriculum for Excellence (search under “health and wellbeing”, “health promotion” and “health improvement) – details of the development of Curriculum for Excellence (GLOW) – more information about GLOW can be found on the Education Scotland site.  Glow is the world’s first national intranet for education that is transforming the way curriculum is delivered in Scotland.


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