Health Promoting Schools (HPS) is an education–settings approach developed by the World Health Organisation in the 1980s. HPS is based on the understanding that health and education are inextricably linked (i.e. health is a determinant of education and education is a determinant of health). Click here for the 2010 literature review that informed the development of HPS in New Zealand.
HPS was introduced into New Zealand in 1997 as a pilot in Auckland and Northland and, following evaluation, was expanded nation-wide.
In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has contracted fifteen District Health Boards (DHBs) to deliver the free HPS service. To find a service near you click here.
Cognition Education provides the national HPS leadership and co-ordination service (NLCS) to provide national support, direction and leadership for the HPS sector.
The HPS service provides school communities with links to the appropriate health and social services (e.g. DHB health services, Heart Foundation’s Heart Start and Heart Schools, local NGO social services) progress their action plan and achieve collaborative impact. The HPS service is therefore an effective mechanism to ensure the right mix of health and social services are utilised by schools. We build on what evidence tells us is common to all successful education social and health/wellbeing interventions.