An important first step for the school Action Team is to check the current capacity of the school with regard to promoting student mental health and wellbeing using the KidsMatter Primary School check-up. See questions and answers about data privacy and usage that apply to the suite of KidsMatter school survey tools.

Action Team’s School check-up

Resources Links
Read the how-to guide How to guide for schools on surveys and the planning process [2MB]

www.kidsmatter.edu.au/primary/schoolcheckup

Download the survey with information sheet Printable Survey for paper-based administration
Download the Component Plans to use with the Mental Health Map reports Component Plans
Download these tips to improve your response rates 20 tips to make surveys fly
 

What is the survey about?

The School check-up provides a quick assessment across the four KidsMatter Primary components of what the school is currently doing to promote students’ mental health and wellbeing. It takes about five minutes to complete.
 
KidsMatter Primary, delivered by Principals Australia Institute (PAI), provides schools with access to the School check-up and Staff, Parent and Student surveys to engage community voice in the consultation and planning process. Schools can freely decide whether to use online or paper-based surveys, how often and to whom surveys are administered. Schools have real-time access to their own aggregated results in secure password-protected reports.

Who should participate?

The school check-up is designed to gather the views and perspectives of Action Teams and school leadership about the capacity of the school in the areas covered by the four KidsMatter components. An invitation to complete the Check-up comes from your school principal or Action Team leader.

Can individuals who provide data be identified?

No. The answers provided by school leadership are completely anonymous and are stored securely by KidsMatter Primary and the school. Only summarised results that align to the four KidsMatter components are used for the purposes of informing school planning. Any reporting of data, for public purposes is reported in nationally aggregated form so that individuals cannot be identified.

Can schools be identified and is any data reported publicly?

The school name is used within the secure survey reports to ensure that schools can access only the aggregated results from their school. Schools decide how publicly they want to report their results. All other reporting is conducted using de-identified nationally aggregated data and no individual school is identifiable. This includes the national average scores that appear in reports, available for all participating schools.

Is the data stored securely?

KidsMatter data, managed by Principals Australia Institute, is stored electronically in approved password-protected databases on industry-standard secure servers. This is to ensure the information it holds is protected and safeguarded against loss, unauthorised access, use, modification, disclosure or any other misuse. Any personal details provided to KidsMatter are protected in line with the National Privacy Principles and the laws and regulations regarding such matters as are applicable in Australia, including but not limited to the Information Privacy Act 1988. The data may be transferred to secure data warehousing facilities for archival purposes.

Who has access to the survey data and how will it be used?

Access to the data is highly limited and strictly controlled in accordance with the Australian Information Privacy Act 1988 and Principal Australia Institute’s (PAI) Privacy Policy. The school Action Team leader has password-protected access to only their school’s aggregated survey results. PAI staff only have access to school-level survey response rates (not survey scores), in order to identify and support schools using the surveys. The PAI survey manager has unit-level access to the anonymous responses and may use the de-identified data summarised and reported at a national level in ways that inform the national development of the KidsMatter initiative. This may include the use of de-identified aggregated data by third parties at the request of PAI and in reporting to the Commonwealth Department of Health, the funding agency.