Examples from practice

Do you want to know more about practice in health promoting schools in other countries? The following case studies present practice examples.


Lithuania: Experiences from Prienai "Ziburys" gymnasium during the COVID-19

Due to the corona situation in the country and in the world, education at Prienai "Ziburys" gymnasium, as in other Lithuanian schools, was reorganized into distance teaching/learning. School-based health-promoting activities have got a high priority and of particular importance to the adolescents’ physical and emotional health is their social health relationships. Read a case report from the gymnasium, telling about the school health activities during the lockdown. Among other things, the gymnasium has specialists (a psychologist and a social pedagogue) who conduct non-formal education “I Communicate Without Fear” video conversations with groups of I - III gymnasium students. The following educational topics are discussed with students:
House rules and compliance; The importance of the agenda for psychological and physical health; Psychological hygiene; Students' feelings in the quarantine situation; The circle of expression of anger; Self-care - an indisputable necessity; Areas of life and roles played in them; Harmony of life.

Mental health - good practice from North Macedonia

A workshop on "mental health of adolescents" was designed for students of 13 and 15 years from the elementary school "Kuzman Josifovski - Pitu" and the elementary school "Krume Kepeski" from Skopje, held on 4 February 2020 in the elementary school "Kuzman Josifovski - Pitu". The subject of the workshop was mental health.
The purpose of the workshop was to identify the types of behaviors and emotional reactions of boys and girls in school, family, community, using data from the Survey of Health Behavior in School Children. Read the case report.

Poland: Health and Mouth Hygiene

The School Complex in Goleniów and primary school students in Poland has entered the Amazing World of Mouth Hygiene. The program is recommended by the Polish Academy of Dental Prevention and the results are good. See the school case on Mouth Hygiene.

Polen: Heavy school bags - a health problem

'The Light Schoolbag' is a nationwide information and educational campaign in Poland, targeting elementary school students on the prevention of posture defects. In the School Complex in Goleniów, students of the Primary School, Work-Adaptation School and the First-grade Vocational School have had their schoolbags weighted, but most important: The activities draw attention of teachers, children and parents to the issue of heavy backpacks and how to take better care of your body in the future. Read about the school's backpack activities.

Reduction of noise in Polish school

In Danuta Szyksznian Primary School No.14 in Szczecin, teachers and 366 pupils work engaged in reducing noise during school time. The school considers the health of children as a priority of the school’s everyday life. Every day the school has activities connected to reduction of noise levels at school and education about respecting silence. Read about noice reduction activities.

Skin Health Program: Holistic health promotion in Hungarian schools

In Hungary, other health providers can assist teachers working with health promotion. The attached file describes how other actors work with teachers to improve health literacy and health competencies of children particularly in relation to skin and sexual health  Skin Health program

"We are responsible for our health" - examples from Slovenian workshops

Kozje Primary school joined the Slovenian Healthy Schools Network in 2019 in order to respond to the problems related to the health of children and adolescents and to implement health promotion programs in the physical, mental, social and environmental health fields for students, teachers and parents. This school year, the school have had activities aimed at promoting healthy eating, exercise and mental health under the name "We are responsible for our health". The approaches were based on active forms of work, play and a pleasant experience for the pupils. Read about how this was done.

Cooperation between the Flemish Institute for Healthy Living and the Department of Education and Training

In 2016 the Flemish Government set up the objective that by 2025 80% of the Flemish schools works with pillars of the whole school approach. To attain this objective, the Flemish institute for Healthy Living (funded by the ministry of Health) monitors the policy in schools and develops several tools helping schools. The ministry of Education supports this work by several measures, including updating policy frameworks: a new decree on pupil guidance, a new framework for the quality of education and new learning outcomes. Health policy is included in all of these frameworks. A video to promote Healthy schools makes this clear - have a look:

If you want a brief overwiew of the Flemish preventive health landscape, the organisation and more specifically the work in education, have a look at a presentaion by Tineke Van Steenkiste (Flemisch Institute for Healthy Living) and Rita Van Durme (Department of Education and Training in Flanders in Belgium). You'll find out how the Departement of  Education and Training in Flanders is involved in school health promotion, what is the assignment and how is the cooperation organised. The importance of cooperation between government and practise experts is shown. See the presentation.

Camp for Slovenian Health Promoting Schools

Primary School Veržej is one of twelve primary and secondary schools, which established the network of Slovenian Health Promoting Schools in 1993. The founders of Slovenian health promoting schools meet every year to exchange good practice examples and ideas. The camp of 2019 was hosted by the Primary School Veržej. The camp was visited by representatives, coordinators and students of Slovenian Health Promoting Schools as well as founders, leaders of school teams, regional and national coordinators of the network and was very successful.

Read about the camp.

Innovative practice book - Equity, Education and Health: learning from practice, 2014

This innovative practice book includes case studies of practice presented during the 4th European Conference on Health Promoting Schools.

Read more about the innovative practice book

Case study book 3rd European Conference on HPS, 2009

The third European Conference on Health Promoting Schools; ‘Better Schools Through Health', was held in Vilnius, Lithuania in June 2009. Presented at the conference were a range of case studies of practice or ‘stories' of school-based health promotion work.

Read more about the Case study book 3rd European Conference on HPS, 2009

From chaos to learning - a Danish case study, 2013

This is a success story about an ordinary Danish public primary and lower secondary school with huge social and learning problems. Taking a number of health parameters as its point of departure an initiative, in which cross-disciplinary collaboration was combined with a systemic approach in order to achieve the dual goals of well-being in school and learning, resulted in a completely new school structure.

Read the full case study - chaos to learning

A Slovenian case study: our school – hand in hand with local community

In cooperation with local, regional and national institutions, we planned topics and evaluated the results of common work. Bearing in mind the amount of time pupils spend in school, it is important to plan and direct the choice of activities which help develop pupils ́ basic values about food, sporting activities and relationship towards people and nature. In the process this project has become part of the school curriculum based on twelve goals formed by the previous European Network of Health Promoting Schools.

Case study focusing on school/student's mental health and skill building

Parental involvement - a Slovenian case study, 2012

Good cooperation between home and school is an important indicator of educational work. Qualitative partnership is based on trust, respect and mutual help. Good cooperation between parents and school is a contribution of today's democratic, student-friendly school, which enables a dialog of cooperation. Therefore, school and home in a partnership are equally responsible for a child's development and progress. In this article cooperation with parents in a Slovenian class is presented.

Read the full case study on parental participation