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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence

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Published in Evaluation and Program Planning. The embargo period for this journal is 24 months, but 7 months have already passed, so this is why 18 months has been selected above.


The Health Promoting Schools concept helps schools to promote health in a sustainable and long-term fashion. However, developing the capacity to promote health in this way can be challenging when a busy teaching curriculum must be fulfilled. This study aimed to identify factors which affect the acceptability of health promotion programmes to the everyday school environment.

Semi-structured qualitative interviews were audio-taped with primary school teachers in one Irish county and transcribed verbatim. The resulting transcripts were analysed using content analysis.

Thirty-one teachers were interviewed. The factors which may adversely affect the acceptability of health promotion programmes include the: attitude of teachers towards an additional extra-curricular workload; lack of confidence amongst teachers to lead health promotion; and different organisational cultures between schools.

When health promotion programmes under the Health Promoting Schools concept are being implemented, it’s important to consider: the readiness for change amongst teachers; the resources available to increase staff capacity to promote health; and the ability of a programme to adapt to the different organisational cultures between schools.



Westmeath Community Development Ltd.