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Respectful relationships education is most effective when it includes teaching that supports students to understand and analyse gender roles, norms and healthy relationships in age-appropriate ways.

Three teenage students stand in discussion at a whiteboard.

How might this happen in your school?

  • Your school provides explicit teaching and assessment about gender equality and respectful relationships.
  • Teachers are supported to build their knowledge and understanding of gender equality and respectful relationships education.
  • Your school regularly reviews curriculum content and teaching and learning materials and resources, across curriculum areas, to ensure equal representation of the range of experiences, knowledge, skills and aspirations of girls and boys, women and men.
  • Teachers use opportunities across a range of subjects to actively promote gender equality and challenge gender stereotypes.
  • Teachers challenge disruptive and dominating classroom behaviour in a framework that understands gender equality—for example, male students are not allowed to misbehave through excuses such as ‘boys will be boys’.

What's next?

Explore the whole of school approach

See more tools and resources to support respectful relationships education in primary and secondary schools

Tools and resources
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.