Healthy Schools Rating Scheme

As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan (chapters 1 and 2) Government has proposed a Healthy Schools Rating Scheme (HSRS) which would be used to evaluate how schools are supporting children to keep themselves healthy.

At SFM we believe that a HSRS that works for everyone can be developed through consultation and collaboration.  That's why we turned to parents, school staff and governors to find out their views.  You can read the report here but in a nutshell:

  • 97% of people surveyed are in favour of a Healthy Schools Rating Scheme (HSRS)
  • When asked if the scheme should be mandatory, 85% of respondents agreed.
  • 93% are in favour of the HSRS being applied to all state funded schools.
  • When asked if Ofsted should monitor the scheme, 72% of all people surveyed, and 76% of parents, agreed.


In July the Department for Education (DfE) finally launched the scheme as a 'beta phase'. Since then, we have learned that the ‘new’ HSRS consists of a set of new questions that have been added to the existing Active Lives – Children and Young People survey; and it is administered by Sports England, and their affiliate Active Partners in each region.

We are now in the process of coordinating a ‘test’ of the HSRS with schools, and will provide suggestions and improvements to DfE. We are being assisted in this project by our campaign partners: Food Foundation, Children’s Food Campaign, and Food for Life; as well as Chefs in Schools and Myles Bremner from Bremner Consulting. At this stage, 18 schools across London, Manchester, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, and York have agreed to participate in our test of the HSRS.