What is Facts4Life?

A health resilience programme for primary and secondary schools, which:

  • helps all take ownership of health
  • explores illness
  • develops strategies for wellbeing

A training programme and resource that provides opportunities to learn more about physical and mental health within the curriculum. We also provide training and resources for primary teachers in Relationships and Sex Education which incorporate the core ideas of our approach.

We are funded by Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health, Gloucestershire and are part of an initiative to reduce unnecessary demand on vital health services. Training and resources are currently free to Gloucestershire schools and we are establishing links with other authorities, CCGs and schools who would like to become involved in this innovative approach to health resilience. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

Why Facts4Life?

We live in a climate where many worry about health and we often assume that perfect health is attainable. When we are unwell, the medical services should be able to fix us.

And yet, our National Health Service is under real strain and the taboo that stops us learning about illness, both mental and physical, remains in schools.

Never has there been a better time to open up the dialogue for young people, families and the wider community.


What Facts4Life offers...

The delivery of the training was really slick and focussed. I was fascinated by the ‘Sciencey’ bit at the start of the presentation as it put the Facts4Life work in context. The presence of a GP and Paediatrician gave the programme credibility. It was a great starting point for us to re-think our PSHCE programme with current up to date thinking and issues that relate to the children of today. Lynne Bailey

Cheltenham Headteacher

I feel having Facts4Life’s comprehensive health education program is such an important part of the curriculum… in order to help prevent illness and promote healthy living. Mrs Marie Mason-Peake


I think the most interesting part for me was when we learnt how to fight some of the diseases and the common cold and a lot of those things because it could help me in the rest of my life so I don’t get the worst part of it. KS2 Student

Participant in UWE evaluation

When I heard Hugh van’t Hoff’s presentation about the initial evaluation of the programme and the outcomes, I was completely blown away. The only positive, constructive idea on solving the NHS’s problems in a positive and preventative way that I have heard in my entire 40 year career in Medicine. Dr Thornton MacCallum

Stroud GP