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Ministry of Education.

Health and wellbeing
for learning

Health Promoting Schools (HPS)

Health Promoting Schools


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 below for the 2010 Literature Review that informed the framework for HPS in New Zealand.

HPS was introduced into New Zealand in 1997 as a pilot in Auckland and Northland, and following evaluation was expanded nationwide.


HPS contract structure

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has contracted thirteen District Health Boards (DHBs) to deliver the free HPS service. To find a service near you click here.

Cognition Education provides the national HPS coordination service (NCS) 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 programmes, local NGO social services) to 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.

The nexus between education, social services and health

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