Enlisting the help of others within the community can benefit and value-add to your school/classroom program. Member Agencies of the WAHPSA embrace a Health Promoting Schools approach and recognise the importance of communicating health issues to a student and school audience. To ensure all presenters recognise the importance of HPS, follow the tips.
Before inviting a guest speaker to your school ensure that you know exactly what you want to gain by having the guest speaker.
Regardless of the topic being addressed, a ‘one off’ isolated school presentation can have little impact on a student’s health behaviour. To help assess whether a guest speaker is relevant for your program consider the following points.
- What is the purpose of the presentation?
- What will have occurred in the curriculum in terms of the specific health topic prior to this session?
- Have the learning outcomes of the proposed session been clearly outlined?
- Will the speaker enhance rather than replace the role of the class teacher?
- How will the speaker be briefed on the health program into which the presentation fits?
- Do parents need to be informed of the presentation and if so how will this happen?
- Is there an information session available for parents?
- Will the presentation be part of an ongoing health education program?
- Are the materials and information appropriate to the developmental level of the student?
- Do the resources need to be previewed by school staff before being used with students?
- Do the resources reflect the philosophy of your school?
- What followup will be done with the students and by whom?
- What school staff will be present during the session?
(Adapted from School Drug Education and Road Aware). 7.
Schools are encouraged to use a request form for engaging a guest speaker to ensure that the purpose of the presentation is clear, the information covered is appropriate and the event is something that value adds to the program being conducted.
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- School Drug Education and Road Aware. 2015. CHAT Changing Health Acting Together: A Guide for Implementing a Whole-School Approach in Resilience, Drug and Road Safety Education. SDERA. Perth. Western Australia.