Healthy Schools: Foundations for a Healthy School

Promoting well-being is part of Ontario's Achieving Excellence vision

A companion resource to the K-12 School Effectiveness Framework

The Foundations for a Healthy School resource is designed to help contribute to a learning environment that promotes and supports child and student well-being – one of four core goals in Ontario's renewed vision for education. This goal emphasizes the need to focus not just on academic success but also on the whole child and student – their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.

The research is clear: healthy students are better prepared to learn, and education is a key determinant of health. Elevating well-being as a goal for education in Ontario recognizes its fundamental importance to our learners and their futures.

The completely revised Foundations for a Healthy School resource supports the integration of healthy schools policies, programs and initiatives into school and school board planning and implementation processes. The resource aligns with the K–12 School Effectiveness Framework (K-12 SEF) by including five interconnected areas that relate closely with the components of the K-12 SEF:

  1. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  2. School and Classroom Leadership
  3. Student Engagement
  4. Social and Physical Environments
  5. Home, School and Community Partnerships

Taking all of these five, interconnected areas into account will help schools, school boards, parents and community partners to work together to develop a comprehensive approach to healthy schools policies, programs and initiatives.
This graphic provides an at-a-glance overview of the Foundations for a Healthy School.

Foundations for a Healthy School
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The full Foundations for a Healthy School resource has more information including sample strategies and suggested activities that can be used at the school, in the classroom or among students.

Watch this page for updates and additional supports related to the new Foundations for a Healthy School.