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Healthy Child Quality Mark - HWIE HUB



Welcome to the home of the Healthy Child Quality Mark (HCQM), where you can find all the information needed to register, undertake and submit your HCQM Assisted Self Review.

As you know, the HCQM has been the trusted and successful health and wellbeing in education development tool for Plymouth schools for over a decade. Over 75% of all Plymouth's education settings have been part of the HCQM Family during this period and we aim to make that 100%.

Not only has the programme been redesigned, for 2022, to enable more schools to participate at once, but we have also developed a new approach that will make the whole process more streamlined and effective for schools. This exciting and new critical friend approach will also be free for all education settings in Plymouth.


How does it work?

Moving away from a reporting process, the HCQM now allows school leaders to benchmark their school's provision utilising the HCQM Assisted Self Review Tool (HCQM ASR).

Following this, your HCQM Officer will review and quality assure the HCQM ASR, providing challenging action points and activities to steer ongoing development.

Following completion of the HCQM ASR process settings' will receive the 'HCQM ASR Commitment' Certificate and Logo for their own use. Settings will be invited to undertake the HCQM ASR every two years.

A HCQM ASR Tool Template and Companion Document will provide all information, examples and resources required to undertake the process and Plymouth City Council will also produce an annual Report providing an overview of HCQM development, provision and best practice examples across the city.

All data will, of course, be anonymised and permissions will be sought from schools wishing to celebrate and share their best practice through short case studies.


What is the content?

HCQM Themes and Content continue to reflect current local and national education, health and societal developments, strategic needs and areas of focus.

Content is reviewed annually and the current programme content and delivery model has been piloted with Plymouth schools.  

There are now 50 criteria instead of the previous 77, however, criteria are to be looked at in a more holistic manner due to the interdependent nature of school provision, procedures and policy.



  1. A healthy and active body
  2. Wellbeing
  3. Positive relationships and sex education
  4. Managing risk
  5. Engagement and preparation for life
  6. Wellbeing for the whole school community


Benefits for schools and settings

  • Established and recognised structure for school development
  • Streamlined, efficient use of valuable time for school staff
  • Critical friend scrutiny, utilising consultation and expertise
  • Utilisation of shared knowledge, best practice and experience
  • A free service for all schools and settings


Role of honour

These schools have previously and successfully undertaken the HCQM process. Well done to all schools and settings for ensuring that the health and wellbeing of their whole school community is at the heart of school or college provision.

  • ACE (Bretonside)
  • All Saints Academy Plymouth
  • Brook Green Centre For Learning
  • Catkins Childcare CIC
  • Hyde Park Infant School
  • Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School
  • Plympton St Mary's Church of England Infant School
  • Beechwood Primary Academy
  • Boringdon Primary School
  • Chaddlewood Primary School
  • Cann Bridge School
  • The Cathedral School of St Mary
  • City College Plymouth
  • College Road Primary School
  • Compton Church of England Primary School
  • Courtlands School
  • Drake Primary Academy
  • Early Bird's Childcare CIC
  • Eggbuckland Vale Primary School and Nursery
  • Elburton Primary School
  • Ernesettle Community School
  • Fletewood School
  • Ford Primary School
  • Freshlings Nursery
  • Glen Park Primary School
  • Goosewell Primary Academy
  • High Street Primary Academy
  • High View School
  • Holy Cross Catholic Primary School
  • Jack and Jill's Childcare
  • Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School
  • King's School and Nursery
  • Knowle Primary School
  • Laira Green Primary School
  • Leigham Primary School
  • Lifeworks College
  • Lipson Vale Primary School
  • Longcause Community Special School
  • Manadon Vale Primary School
  • Marlborough Primary Academy
  • Marine Academy Primary
  • Mayflower Community Academy and Nursery
  • Millbay Academy (PSCA)
  • Montpelier Primary School
  • Morice Town Primary Academy
  • Mount Street Primary School
  • Mount Tamar School
  • Notre Dame School
  • Oakwood Primary Academy
  • Okehampton College
  • Pennycross Primary School
  • Pilgrim Primary Academy
  • Pixieland Nursery (Stoke)
  • Plymouth College of Art
  • Plymouth High School for Girls
  • Plympton St Maurice Primary School
  • Plymstock School
  • Prince Rock Primary School
  • Riverside Community Primary School and Nursery
  • Salisbury Road Primary School
  • Shakespeare Primary School
  • Sir John Hunt Community Sports College
  • St Andrew's Church of England Primary School
  • St Budeaux Church of England Foundation Junior School
  • Stoke Damerel Community College
  • St Paul's Catholic Primary School
  • St Paul's Preschool
  • St Peter's Church of England Primary School
  • St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School
  • Stuart Road Primary Academy
  • Thornbury Primary School
  • Tor Bridge Primary School
  • University Technical College Plymouth
  • Victoria Rd Primary School and Nursery
  • Weston Mill Community Primary Academy
  • Whitleigh Community Primary School
  • Widewell Primary School
  • Widey Court Primary School
  • Willow Childcare Centre
  • Woodfield Primary School
  • Woodford Primary School
  • Woodlands School
  • Yealmpstone Farm Primary School


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This page was last updated on 15 February 2022

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