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Health in Schools

N° 89, avril 2022

Hélène Buisson-Fenet & Yannick Tenne (Eds)

The scope of health in schools has changed significantly over the last two centuries under the influence of major international organisations: from a traditional focus on hygiene and disease prevention it has evolved to encompass children's overall wellbeing. While there is much research on this subject, few studies examine the relationships between families, schools and health professionals.


While all three play a part in health education, do they share the same objectives and expectations? How do school and health standards relate to each other? Who has the expertise and the power to act? The 89th issue of the Revue internationale d'éducation de Sèvres focuses on the representations and practices of each of these actors as well as on the effects of the measures taken in ten countries with different socio-cultural and political contexts.   

Even if the case studies reveal a great diversity of responses and situations, it is worth highlighting elements of convergence such as a focus on the individual needs of the child, on special education needs, preventative interventions and pupils’ wellbeing. 

However, the balance between actors remains fragile and the topic requires further investigation.