Final phase of the SunSmart Hat-Wearing Toolkit.
Reviewing your school’s progress and evaluating what has worked and what hasn’t will help you to embed key learnings and continue working towards a proudly SunSmart culture.
Click here to download all supporting resources for phase 3 or downlead each resource separately within each step.
Step 7. Monitor
Monitoring is critical because it allows you to see whether you’re on track and helps maintain momentum.
Meet with your team to review your Action Plan and discuss:
- What have we achieved so far?
- Have the selected resources been effective? If so, why?
- Are there areas that need more work? How can we address these?
How often you monitor progress depends on the needs of your school. If you start implementing resources at the beginning of Term 4, you may want to revisit your plan at the start of the next Term.
Collecting data on sun safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviours throughout implementation is a great way to track progress and demonstrate impact over time. Consider using the SunSmart hat-wearing playground observation tool to assess student and teacher hat wearing behaviour.
If your school’s priorities change over the course of the project, you can select different resources to suit current circumstances.
Use our resources to keep sun safety on the agenda all year round.
SunSmart communications (DOCX)
Step 8. Improve
For any goals met, what factors contributed to your success? Apply those learnings to areas that need work. This could be part of your annual policy review or 3-yearly SunSmart membership.
You may find it useful to go back to the Plan Phase to reassess your school’s needs and priorities.
Making sun safety a regular item at staff meetings will keep it a top priority.
Once you’ve got SunSmart hat wearing covered, you may decide to focus on other areas. A best practice sun protection policy covers three key areas:
- Environment e.g. scheduling outdoor activities outside of peak UV times;
- Behaviour e.g. e.g. sunscreen application instead of role modelling by teachers and staff; and
- Information e.g. teaching sun protection.
For more information and resources to support other areas of your school SunSmart policy, see our Policy resources for primary schools page.
You can also download Cancer Council’s best-practice school sun protection policy here.
For SunSmart guidance, policy templates and other resources for early childhood centres, OSHC and secondary schools visit our SunSmart page.