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In response to an NHS conference where delegates voted overwhelmingly that the Department of Health should ensure heath was embedded into the National Curriculum. i.e. Science, PSHE and Citizenship, they commissioned Making Sense of Health. The funding included the development and delivery to over 500 schools.

During the development stage of the programme a wide variety of experts were used for the research, film production, website development and writing of learning materials in compliance with the National Curriculum. The team included the Head of the QCA, an Open University Professor, specialist doctors, and education professionals.

Three films were produced for each section, Primary (KS1 & KS2), and Secondary (KS3 and KS4). In primary schools where all teachers teach all subjects 3 films were sufficient for their use. In secondary schools each subject was specialised and therefore needed its own film. Having produced over 40 films the project team selected the best Directors for the programme, which consisted of current and ex-BBC film directors.


IVCA Winner: Gold Award for Best Film in Education for 'Puberty & Relationships'

National Curriculum

How Making Sense of Health is compliant with the National Curriculum through Key Stages 1-4 (age 5-16)


What is Making Sense of Health and what topics does it cover?

Support Material

• 9 films on 4 DVDs + bonus material
• Online resource
• media files
• extensive documentation
• over 300 lesson plans and

Contributing to Government Strategy

Contributing to Government Strategy The Making Sense of Health programme has been recommended to be mainstreamed by the 'All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care & Public Health'. Read more.

Background & Research

Why was the programme developed and who was involved?


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