Health in Schools

Schools, education and learning

Information and advice about health in schools.

School meals Click to get info

School meals are a great way to be sure your child is eating a healthy and well-balanced meal during the school day.

Healthy lunch box Click to get info

Healthy well-nourished kids are better prepared mentally and physically to take on the day. If you decide to give your child a packed lunch, make sure it is healthy.

It is important that your child’s lunch box includes one of each of the following food groups:

  • A starchy food: bread, rice, chapatti, pasta
  • Protein: meat, fish, eggs, cheese, falafel, chickpeas, beans or pulses
  • A dairy item: cheese or yoghurt
  • Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit or dried fruits

Visit ‘School packed lunches’ for more hints and tips.

School nursing Click to get info

School Nurses are public health specialists who are trained to address a range of health concerns faced by children aged 5-19 years.

For details of your School Nurse, ask at your child's school or alternatively, contact Comely Bank Clinic on 020 8430 7631.

Pastoral care Click to get info

All schools in Waltham Forest have processes for supporting children’s emotional wellbeing. We value the relationship between home and school and its importance in your child’s education. We recommend you find out what the pastoral arrangements are in your child’s school. Together, we can find the best way to help your child in settling in to a new school environment.

Healthy schools Click to get info

Schools can help children lead a healthy lifestyle:

  • To make healthy food choices at lunchtime
  • To be active at and on the way to school
  • Help children learn about their health
  • Develop motivation and self-respect to make healthy choices.

See if your school is registered with Healthy Schools London, a programme that helps schools support their pupils to be healthier.

There is no legal requirement for teachers to administer medication.

  • If any medication is required whilst the child is at school it should be administered by the parent/carer

If your child requires medicines and you are unable to administer it, your child’s head teacher will deal with each case sympathetically and on its merits. Senior management should decide:

  • Whether or not to administer medication
  • If it decides to administer medicines, what sort it will, and will not, administer
  • Who will administer the medication
  • Where any medicines will be kept
  • Arrangements to this affect should be drawn up and included in the school health and safety policy.

Asthma sufferers Click to get info

Asthma sufferers should be allowed to retain their inhalers where possible, or they should be readily available. Inhalers must not be kept in first aid boxes or any place at a distance from the patient.

Useful information Click to get info

Guidance to help schools formulate arrangements in managing medications, and to draw up health care plans to support pupils with medical needs, is provided in the DfE publication Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs: A Good Practice Guide (688KB PDF file).

Alternatively, please call the DfE Publications Helpline on 084560 22260.

For further information on how schools are helping to keep their pupils healthy see the following leaflets: 'Healthy School. Happy Children' leaflet for primary schools parents and pupils (96KB PDF)