Late in 2014 we released the results of an evaluation based on data collected from 5,246 students in 53 primary schools across NSW, Queensland, Victoria, SA, WA, and Northern Territory. This was conducted one to two weeks after students participated in the Life Education session.
This evaluation demonstrated that the Life Education program works to strengthen the ‘predisposing factors’ that can help children and young people to make safer and healthier choices.
The method of data collection was further developed during 2015. A pre-session survey was introduced for students to take immediately before participating in a session delivered by our Educator. Amongst other things, this survey tested student’s preexisting disposition to engage in behaviours to keep themselves safe and healthy. A post-session survey was then completed by students immediately after the session to test whether they were more likely to adopt safer and healthier behaviours, as a result of what they had learned in the session.
Throughout Term 3 and 4 2015, survey data was then collected from 8,658 students in Year 4 and over in 136 schools across Queensland. These students had participated in modules covering healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol.
This evaluation demonstrated, amongst other things, that the sessions delivered by Life Education are effective in developing students’ disposition to adopt safer and healthier behaviours, with most students expressing positive attitudes towards the adoption of safer and healthier behaviours because of what they had learned in the session.
The more module-specific key findings of this evaluation were as follows:
In the pre-survey 71.8% of students said that they chose healthy food all or most of the time. After the Life Education session, 84.9% of students indicated they would choose healthy food all or most of the time. Over 90% of students said that they thought that they were more likely to think about what they eat and to eat healthy foods because of what they had learned in the session.
In the pre-survey only 46.8% of students said that they participated in physical activity daily. After the Life Education session 64.9% indicated that they would exercise daily. Over 85% said that they thought they were more likely to be physically active because of what they had learned in the session.
In the pre-survey 78.8% of students said they definitely would never smoke. This increased after the Life Education session to 85.2%. Over 90% of students said that they thought that they were less likely to smoke because of what they had learned in the session.