Health Promoting Schools


Health Promoting Schools is an internationally recognised framework utilised in over 50 countries worldwide to improve the health and wellbeing of school communities through a whole school approach.

There is strong evidence to support the Health Promoting Schools approach as a best practice framework for school health promotion. Health Promoting Schools supports school communities to identify and address their prioritised health needs and take actions that use their strengths and build capability. The framework empowers school communities to develop solutions for their own transformation in partnership with health, education and social services. The HPS Inquiry cycle is outcomes focused and sustainable as it builds on what schools already do and integrates the actions and outcomes into schools’ planning and reporting mechanisms.

HPS Vision

Kia tū rangatira ai te whānau i roto i ngā ao katoa

Whānau standing in any world confidently

HPS Mission / Purpose

Kia hāpaitia, kia hikitia te rangatiratanga o ngā whānau, ka ora ai te iwi

To enhance Whānau wellbeing through evidence informed practice, with a focus on reducing inequities in health and educational outcomes.

HPS Underpinning Values

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi - partnership, participation, protection 

  • Whanaungatanga - strengthening relationships

  • Kotahitanga - partnership in learning, reciprocity

  • Rangatiratanga - uplifting, growing, leadership 

HPS Principles

The Health Promoting Schools principles have been influenced by a number of documents which are detailed in the Health Promoting Schools National Strategic Framework Background document. Many of the principles are incorporated in more than one value. 

Page updated 06 Jun 2019