A whole of school approach to respectful relationships education not only provides in-class education, but addresses your school’s culture, policies and procedures, and promotes gender equality among your staff.
Effective respectful relationships education is about recognising that as well as a place of learning, your school is:
Classroom learning will only change attitudes and behaviour when reinforced and when the core concepts of respect, equality, gender, power and consent are modelled across the whole school community. While classroom activities targeted at students is important, respectful relationships education needs to address all six components listed below.
School communities, including principals, parents, community organisations, teachers and other staff, can help prevent violence by:
For more information on the evidence behind respectful relationships education, see Our Watch’s evidence paper.