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Embedding respectful relationships education in your school structures, policies, procedures and ethos can create lasting cultural change in your community.

Two primary school aged girls working at a desk together. One has a pony tail and the other is wearing a headscarf. There are coloured posters and artwork pinned on the wall in the background.

What might this look like in your school?

  • Your school’s values statement including a focus on gender equality and respectful relationships.
  • Communications indicating your school’s commitment to gender equality and respectful relationships made accessible/visible to staff and students—this includes opportunities to promote messages of gender equality and respect in extracurricular activities and school events.
  • It is the norm that all materials placed or distributed within your school promote gender equality and challenge gender stereotypes.
  • Staff use language that is equitable and respectful and do not unconsciously promote gender stereotypes or gender inequality.
  • Female staff have access to appropriate private breastfeeding facilities, including storage and equipment cleaning facilities for expressing milk.
  • Flexible work options are offered to all staff, and are taken up by men and women, including those returning from parental leave.

What's next?

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Teenage students sitting on and around a table in a classroom, talking. They are all facing one girl with a pony tail, who is speaking.