Learn about SHE core values and pillars

On the European level, the following SHE core values and pillars are shared that underpin the health promoting school approach:


SHE Core Values

Equity. Equal access for all to education and health.

Sustainability. Health, education and development are linked. Activities and programmes are implemented in a systematic way over a prolonged period.

Inclusion. Diversity is celebrated. Schools are communities of learning, where all feel trusted and respected.

Empowerment. All members of the school community are actively involved.

Democracy. Health promoting schools are based on democratic values.


SHE Pillars

Whole school approach to health promotion. Combine health education in the classroom with development of school policies, the school environment, life competencies and involving the whole school community.

Participation. A sense of ownership by students, staff and parents.

School quality. Health promoting schools create better teaching and learning processes and outcomes.Healthy students learn better; healthy staff works better.

Evidence. Development of new approaches and practices based on existing and emerging research.