Rapid Assessment Tool


In phase 2 of becoming a health promoting school, you assess your school’s current policies and practices related to health promotion to determine your school community’s needs and priorities.


The SHE rapid assessment tool has been designed to help you in making this assessment. The SHE rapid assessment tool consists of a series of questions related to the whole-school approach. Answering the questions can help you identify what your school already does well, what areas need improvement and what you want to focus on in your health promoting school. The SHE rapid assessment tool can also be used once your health promoting school is in place. You can compare your answers from the first assessment to those of the second to assess your school’s progress, and it can help you make further adjustments to your health promoting school.


We advise you, as a health promoting school working group, to discuss the questions in the SHE rapid assessment tool and reach a consensus. You can ask school community members (students, teaching and non-teaching staff and parents) to get into groups and complete the questionnaire. The results from the different groups would be aggregated; the median scores from the groups can serve as a starting point for discussion between the working group members. Another option is that the working group members complete the questionnaire and then ask the school community members for feedback.


Each question should be approached in two ways:

  • Current: the school’s current situation on a three point scale, 1= not in place; 2= partly in place; 3 = fully in place. See left-hand columns in the assessment tool labelled current.
  • Priority: the school community gives to the question on a three point scale, 1 = low/no priority; 2 = medium priority; 3 = high priority. See right-hand columns in the assessment tool labelled priority.


Once you have completed the online questionnaire, click on ‘submit’; you will be provided with your results, represented visually, in the form of bar graphs and a spider diagram. It can be helpful to print your completed questionnaire and the visual results of  the analysis to be able to discuss them and use them as a benchmark for comparison.


Please note that it is possible to print or save (as pdf) your results. Look for these option in your web browser!

1OrientationCurrent (in place)Priority
1.1.Our school has an overview of the current situation regarding students’ health (including physical, mental and social health) and well-being.
1.2.Our school has an overview of the current situation regarding teaching/non-teaching staffs’ health (including physical, mental and social health) and well-being.
1.3.Our school can estimate the current health behaviours (eating and physical activity, sexual activity, drinking, smoking, drugs and hygiene) of our students with regard to age, background and gender.
1.4.Our school has undertaken an assessment of the needs and wishes of students, teaching and non-teaching staff concerning health and well-being (e.g. survey, wish boxes).
1.5.It is known to the whole school community who is responsible for health topics in the school including mental health promotion.