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:
An important hub in the community, with the opportunity to influence and contribute to healthy community culture.
A workplace where all staff deserve to feel respected, safe and valued and be treated equally, regardless of their sex.
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:
Teaching students the skills to build respectful relationships, as well as recognise and challenge gender-stereotyping and violence-supportive attitudes.
Creating a safe, equal and inclusive school culture for staff and students.
Demonstrating appropriate and respectful behaviour to students.