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Issue 11: Autumn Term 2016

An impressive 79% of all London schools are now signed up to Healthy Schools London. Congratulations to London's schools and Healthy Schools Borough Leads for their hard work throughout the past year supporting the promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Have a restful break and see you all in the New Year.

Healthy Schools London Evaluation

Published in November 2016, the aim of the HSL evaluation was to assess the contribution of the Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme to improving health, well-being, and educational achievement among school children in London. The evaluation was conducted between 2014 and 2016 and included focus groups, interviews and a school survey. Findings were extremely positive and included the following:
• HSL provides a valued mechanism to encourage health promoting improvements at school level.
• The GLA core team, the borough leads, school staff, and others should be commended for the important and impressive roles they have played in establishing, leading and maintaining the programme.
• The impressive uptake of schools reaching Bronze award status (53% of schools registered) within 3 years of the start of the programme is remarkable.

The evaluation recommended continued support for the HSL programme. For the full report, go to:

Eat Like A Champ

Since its launch in 2011, Eat Like A Champ has inspired over 150,000 primary school children aged 9-10 across the UK to adopt healthier lifestyles. Eat Like A Champ is a completely free, evidence based programme, which provides Year 5 teachers with easy-to-use resources to teach six lessons in healthy eating, hydration and staying active. This educational programme has been developed by Danone in collaboration with the British Nutrition Foundation and has been proven to have a positive impact: an independent study by the Children’s Food Trust in 2012 found that children who took part in Eat Like A Champ shifted their behaviour to healthier eating habits. The first 3000 Year 5 classes to register for Eat Like A Champ 2016/2017 will receive a free hard copy of our resources toolkit delivered directly to your school. This toolkit is colourful and interactive, containing flashcards, posters, stickers, a homework passport for each child to take home, and a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, links to the national curriculum and worksheets.
Register now to inspire your class to live healthier lifestyles:

Good Food for London report

Good Food for London is an annual report compiled by London Food Link, part of the national food and farming charity Sustain. Since 2011, the report measures and encourages action on good food by London boroughs.
In 2015 the report started to look into ‘food culture in schools’ with action measured via investment in and uptake of two programmes across schools: Healthy Schools London and Food for Life. The report is an extra incentive for London boroughs to sign up to Healthy Schools London: to get full points on ‘food culture in schools’, London boroughs need to have at least 2/3 of all schools registered with Healthy Schools London and be investing in Food for Life. For more info contact:

Change 4 Life: Our Healthy Year

A new Change4Life initiative, Our Healthy Year, has been launched. It is designed to encourage schools to build healthy habits in children during the school years in which they are weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). Our Healthy Year is designed to help schools to run a whole year of fun, healthy, curriculum-linked activity and also support parents who are looking for ideas to help live healthier lives. More than 16,000 primary schools across England will receive the Change4Life Our Healthy Year Reception and Year 6 teaching toolkits this term. The toolkits will include curriculum-linked activity ideas, a classroom poster, stickers and inspiration for whole-school activities. Supporting resources will be available to download from the Change4Life School Zone online, including take-home activities for children and parents, as well as resources for school nurses.

HSL Bronze Award Approvals: Changes from 1 January 2017

Due to capacity, from 1 January 2017 the HSL Team will no longer review Bronze applications from schools in Boroughs where there is no Healthy Schools Borough Lead. Only schools in Boroughs where there is a Healthy Schools Lead who reviews applications will be able to achieve HSL Awards. However, schools may access other external (paid) support to assist, review and approve applications.  Contact your Borough Contact in the first instance for further information:

Bronze applications that are currently in the system will be reviewed by the HSL Team.

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