Supporting Health and Wellbeing

Healthy Schools London support

Healthy Schools London is an awards programme which recognises schools achievement in supporting pupil health and wellbeing. To gain a bronze award the whole school must be committed to improving pupil’s health including Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Emotional Wellbeing, Environment and PSHEE (personal, social, health, economic, education).

To gain silver and gold the school must have identified specific health problems in their school and shown how they have addressed these.  Schools who participate in health based programmes can improve attainment, increase attendance and improve pupil confidence & concentration as well as improving health and wellbeing. Health Education Partnership has been commissioned by Barnet Public Health toprovide free support to schools to assist them in achieving the Healthy Schools London(HSL) Awards.

For more information or to book a meeting with Health Education Partnership contact:

Tania Barney:  

or visit

Healthy schools London


Xplore is a family lifestyle programme for children in Barnet. It aims to improve family health by offering sessions on nutrition and healthy eating for children, parents, plus games-based physical activity sessions for children. The service is open to children aged 4-13 years attending Barnet schools or residing in the Borough.

Email Address:

Tel No:  0208 457 9907

Healthy Weight Nurses

For children who may be very obese or have more complex needs, where families may benefit more from 1-to-1 support, there is a small team of practitioners working as in the Healthy Weight Nurse Team. They will cover the same topics, in a flexible manner according to individual family needs. To refer contact: External link or call 0208 205 6204.

Quick Wins

  • Engagement in Barnet Partnership for Schools Sports. Offers a range of activities to encourage pupils to engage in physical activity and sports across the borough. 
  • Participating in Food Growing Schools London, this brings together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, information and support, with the ambition to inspire and equip every school in London to grow their own food. This programme can help to contribute to Healthy School London award.
  • Becoming a water and milk only school.
  • SUGAR SMART is a campaign run by Sustain. They help local authorities, organisations, workplaces and individuals to reduce the amount of sugar we all consume. Anyone can pledge to become SUGAR SMART-from councils and schools to restaurants, hospitals and independent companies. 
  • Trees for Schools- Support for London primary schools is available, a programme funded by Defra and delivered in partnership with the Woodland Trust. Hundreds of London schools have already ordered their free tree packs and created mini-woodlands or hedgerows, and it’s really easy for your school to join them! They offer information and advice to all London based schools. Email Schools Engagement Officer, Sarah Bush at or call 0203 146 0266 for more info you can visit: 

More Useful Links

  • Barnet School Travel Plan team 
  • Magic Breakfast is delighted to announce a new partnership with Family Action which will see the two charities working together to deliver the Department for Education's new National School Breakfast Programme. If your school is in a disadvantaged area, and you would like to explore the possibility of support to start or expand a breakfast provision, please register your interest by downloading and filling in the NSBP Expression of Interest form and emailing it to: 
  • The Food for Life Schools Award-A Food for Life Schools Award is a great way to demonstrate that your school is doing fantastic work to provide healthy school meals, great lunchtimes and food education that has a positive impact on both pupils and the wider community. Our great value awards packages are designed to support you through any changes you may need to achieve this. They are based on a flexible framework so every school can approach their award in the way that works best for them.

Relationships and Sex Education 

Brook have been commissioned by Barnet Council to offer free Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) services across Barnet. Support includes:

  • Assemblies centred around topical issues such as healthy relationships, body image, self-esteem, sexual health and online safety
  • Classroom based RSE sessions
  • The Brook ‘My Life’ programme. This is a 6-week programme of 1:1 sessions that enables individual young people to take charge and improve their own health and wellbeing by exploring skills, goal setting and becoming more emotionally resilient

Schools can also book professional training for staff including Brook training programmes:

  • Preparing for Mandatory Relationships & Sex Education (2020)
  • Brook’s Sexual Health, Information, Empowerment, Learning and Development
  • Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool

Brook has been at the forefront of providing wellbeing and sexual health support for young people for over 50 years. We firmly believe in the need for all young people to receive good quality Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) which is part of broader personal, social health and economic education (PSHE).

Please contact Education and Wellbeing Coordinator Zahrah Al-Bejawi for RSE, assembly and staff training bookings or My Life referrals:

For more information, please visit the Brook website 

Body Piercing Resources

Please find links below to information and guidance that you may find useful to do with this topic.

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