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Healthy Schools Rating Scheme

Primary Sports Premium 1Introduction: The healthy schools rating scheme has been designed to recognise and encourage schools’ contributions to pupils’ health and wellbeing. It celebrates the positive actions that schools are delivering in terms of healthy eating and physical activity and aims to help schools identify useful next steps in their provision.


This voluntary scheme is available for both primary and secondary schools. Schools will complete a self-assessment and then receive a rating based on their responses around food education, compliance with the school food standards, time spent on physical education and the promotion of active travel.

Each participating school will receive a report based on their survey answers, and those achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze awards will receive a certificate.

Scheme criteria: Schools will complete a survey including questions around the school food standards, food education, physical activity and active travel. Our scheme will then provide a rating based on the school’s responses on these key criteria.

How to participate: The healthy schools rating scheme is available to all schools participating in the Active Lives Children and Young People survey.

Schools are encouraged to take part in the survey, both to access the healthy schools rating scheme and to gain insight into how their pupils engage with sport and physical activity.

To participate in the survey, schools should contact their local Active Partnerships (WASP) representative, who coordinates the survey for schools in their local area.

Each participating school receives a bespoke report summarising their results from the survey. This is sent to school leaders only and is not shared more widely, although schools can share it if they wish. This report covers measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust, as well as their healthy schools rating. The rating will indicate whether the school has achieved a Gold, Silver or Bronze award (or in some cases, no award), and will contain a link for the school to download the relevant certificate.

The full document can be downloaded here: pdfHealthy Schools Rating Scheme209.83 KB

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