School audit

Healthy Eating

School audit

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At school, the choices we make every day are influenced by the physical environment, school policies, practices and partnerships, what is taught and what those around us are doing. Simply put, our choices are influenced by how easy it is to make healthy choices compared with how easy it is to make unhealthy choices.

The HYP School Audit Tool will help your team or group get a picture of how easy healthy choices are at your school, and where improvements can be made.

Complete the HYP School Audit in Step 2 (Gather Information) of the Six Steps to Achieving Your HYP Mission.

1.       Who needs to be involved in the school audit?

  • The School Audit Tool is designed for students to complete in groups, with support from a teacher or senior school staff member.
  • Groups will be able to answer some of the questions from their own general knowledge of the school, but it's always good to check with people outside the group too. Grade 7 boys may have very different views and ways of doing things than Grade 9 girls. A whole-school approach is important.
  • To answer some questions, groups will need to talk with other students. Try to talk with a mix of students, including across year groups, friendship groups, boys and girls.
  • To answer some of the questions, groups will need to explore the school environment and physical setting.
  • To answer other questions, groups will need to talk with school staff and volunteers, for example the Canteen Manager, a Health and Physical Education teacher, other teachers, the Principal or Assistant Principal and the President of the Parents and Friends Association.

 2.       Before you begin:

Read through the Audit Tool

  • Check that all the questions make sense to everyone in the group. Are there any words/terms some people don't understand?
  • Check you understand the purpose of each question – what you are trying to find out.
  • Decide when you need to complete your audit.
  • Decide who you need to talk to for each question, to get the best information.
  • Decide whether you need to make appointments to talk with some of those people.
  • Decide who will ask the questions. Will one person ask all the questions? Or will several students share this task? If sharing, who will ask which questions?
  • Decide who will record the information. Will one person record all the information? Or will several students share this task?
  • Decide who to ask for help if the group gets stuck on a question.
  • Decide where to keep the Audit Tool when it is finished.

3.       When you're completing the Audit

  • Always be polite and give people time to answer your questions.
  • When asking other students or staff questions for the audit, bear in mind there is no right or wrong answer. You are seeking people's honest views and opinions and information about their current practices. You are not seeking information about what should be done, but what is done.
  • Record information as honestly and as accurately as possible. This will help your group work out the best ways to achieve your HYP mission.
  • Make appointments to talk with staff. Ask them when you can meet with them to talk about the school audit.

4.       When you've completed the Audit

As a group, use the information you've gathered through the audit and other activities move on to Step 3 (Work out what needs to change) of the Six Steps to Achieving Your HYP Mission.