A template ‘school public commitment’ statement, aimed at showing your school’s commitment to implementing a whole school approach to respectful relationships education. The commitment text is below, or simply download the Word document as a ready made template.
<School name> is committed to implementing a whole-of-school approach to respectful relationships education.
We recognise that our school is more than a place for young people to learn, our school is also a workplace where all staff deserve to feel respected, safe and valued.
<School name> also recognises that it is an important hub in the community and has the opportunity to lead, influence and contribute to a healthy, safe and respectful community culture, inside and outside the school.
We understand that:
- gender stereotypes and gender inequality are one of the leading contributors to family violence
- our school can generate lasting changes, as a form of primary prevention, in young people’s attitudes and behaviours today, which can then contribute to addressing family violence.
As part of this commitment:
- we all actively promote gender equality and speak out against gender-based violence in our school and in our community in accordance with our school-wide positive behaviour framework
- school leaders will provide sufficient resourcing, both financial and time, to the implementation of a whole-of-school approach to respectful relationships education
- we enable student voice and agency in promoting equality
- all school staff participate in professional learning to build capacity to:
- plan and implement a whole-of-school approach to promote respectful relationships education
- deliver respectful relationships curriculum on an ongoing and consistent basis across all year levels
- enable collaborative interactions to support social change
- identify and respond appropriately to suspicions, disclosures and incidents of family violence and provide support to impacted school community members.
- our school will undertake an ongoing, thorough assessment and planning process to identify gaps and limitations in existing culture, policies and practices in gender equality
- our school utilises and improves mechanisms for staff, students and families to provide feedback on equality in the workplace/school
- our school will identify and use funding and other appropriate resources to implement key actions to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence
- our school commits to continual improvement and evaluation of respectful relationships education
- the school will reflect on progress at regular intervals to celebrate success with the school community.
To sign and date:
School Council President/Chair
Student Representative Council