Launched on Tuesday 22 June 2021, the HPS standards are “expected to serve over 2.3 billion school-aged children and adolescents and will contribute to the WHO’s 13th General Program of Work target of ‘1 billion lives made healthier’ by 2023 and the UNESCO strategy on Education for Health and Well-being contributing to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030”. The lead author is Aussie based Prof Susan Sawyer – RCH in Melbourne.
The eight standards are collectively intended to comprise a health promoting system, with an emphasis on governance:
- Government policies and resources: There is whole-of-government commitment to and investment in making every school an HPS.
- School policies and resources: There is commitment to and investment in a whole-school approach to being an HPS.
- School governance and leadership: There is a whole-school model of school governance and leadership to support being an HPS.
- School and community partnerships: There is engagement and collaboration within the school community including with students and between the school and local communities for HPS.
- School curriculum support health and wellbeing: The school curriculum supports physical, social-emotional, and psychological aspects of student health and wellbeing.
- School social-emotional environment: The school has a safe and supportive social-emotional environment.
- School physical environment: The school has a healthy, safe, secure, and inclusive physical environment.
- School health services: All students have access to comprehensive school-based or school-linked health services that address their physical, emotional, psychosocial, and educational health care needs.