HISP aims to help pupils with issues that are negatively affecting their well-being and consequently are likely to be having a detrimental impact on their ability to learn effectively. 

It can also help staff with various issues.

The programme can support with issues that occur outside of the immediate school environment but are still negatively impacting learning, i.e. not sleeping well, difficulties with eating.  It can also work with issues that present in school and are preventing a pupil achieving their learning potential, i.e. exam anxiety.  Some issues, e.g. low self-esteem, lack on confidence, can be apparent in both school and home and hinder learning potential.