Healthy FE and Skills

This is the virtual home for the national Healthy Further Education (FEdefinition) and Skills programme which began life in 2009 as a sector quality improvement initiative.  It provides a support tool for education and training providers who want to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of their learners and staff as one of the ways they improve outcomes in learning.  There has been no specific funding stream for Healthy FE and Skills for several years but we continue to develop or support individual projects that add to sector knowledge and understanding and raise awareness of them here.

This website previously hosted Healthy FE and Skills 'recognition'.  From November 2015 we recommend an alternative route to demonstrate your commitment to workforce and student wellbeing<


For those new to Healthy FE and Skills follow these signposts to more information:<

  • Learning is one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing<.  So just how does learning contribute to wellbeing?  As this is first and foremost an area of practice that touches everyone  since we can all make a contribution to everyone's wellbeing surely we need to know what the evidence is for how it works.
  • Better workforce health and wellbeing< ultimately improves outcomes in learning as well as cutting the high costs associated with sickness absence.  We have worked with the Education Training Foundation and other organisations to find ways to support new thinking about workforce wellbeing.
  • We convene a national Healthy FE and Skills Group< to sustain a dialogue between Public Health Englanddefinition and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to promote cross-sector thinking and working.
  • When the Healthy FE and Skills Group met in March 2015 we realised offering Healthy FE recognition< was no longer viable or the best option for providers.  Instead we now recommend Public Health England's national self-evaluation tool which is already being used successfully by colleagues in other sectors.  The Workplace Wellbeing Charter< is a nationally recognised tool that offers a self-assessment approach to identifying student and workforce wellbeing.  You can work through three levels of competence in a range of health and wellbeing indicators and gain external recognition and support for developing practice.

If you have any queries simply email<

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