Monday, 27 Mar 2017

Outstanding results mean a healthier future

In 2016, Life Education surveyed 381 students across 19 classes about two of our program modules. Each student completed a pre-program survey and then a follow-up survey some six weeks after the Life Education school visit. Teachers also completed a survey assessing the relevance, quality and effectiveness of the Life Education program for each of the 19 classes involved in the evaluation. The modules we evaluated were:

  • ‘All Systems Go’ - a middle primary school module that aims to increase students’ understanding of how the body works and help them to make informed choices about how to stay safe and healthy by eating well and being physically active. 
  • ‘On the Case’ - an upper primary school module that aims to increase each student’s awareness of the effects of smoking and help them to identify strategies to deal with second hand smoke as well as peer pressure that encourages smoking.

Results showed that the Life Education program was indeed effective in arming students with the attributes necessary for them to make safer and healthier life choices. 9 in 10 students indicated that ‘All Systems Go’ had helped them in a tangible way to understand how the foods they eat affect their health, reflect on what they eat and to be more likely to think about their diet when deciding what to eat. 86% of students said they’d be more likely to eat healthy food based on what they had learned.

9 in 10 students indicated that ‘On the Case’ had helped them to learn about the effect smoking has on the body, that it had played a role in getting them to think about how smoking was affecting people they knew and to know what to do if someone offers them a cigarette.  Most students said they thought that they were less likely to smoke because of what they had learned.

Finally, Teacher feedback confirmed that the Life Education program plays a valuable role in helping schools to deliver health and safety education and to strengthen the understanding and pre-disposition of students to make healthy and safe life choices.

Over 70% of teachers indicated they thought that Life Education had made a significant or very significant contribution to their ability to address the need for health and safety education across their class. And all teachers agreed that the overall Life Education program had improved their students’ knowledge and made a positive contribution towards their health and wellbeing. Most also agreed that the program had also contributed towards helping to build a healthier school community.

Measuring our effectiveness