Building school readiness could take up to a year, depending on the size of your school and whether your school is already doing work to promote equality and respect. This may seem like a long time but ensuring you have the genuine understanding and commitment of school leaders will make your work more effective.
In this step, you will:
This team will lead the work internally and should have representatives from all areas within the school community, including:
Your school may also wish to consider including the following members to support implementation:
It’s important to make sure the all teaching and non-teaching staff understand the dynamics of gender-based violence and how to prevent it. One way to do this is to provide prevention training to build a strong shared understanding of what issues to address and key steps to take. You may also want to provide resources to staff so everyone is equipped to respond to questions, concerns and feedback.
It is important that you consider what policies and practices need to be in place to support staff and students experiencing violence, such as paid family violence leave and appropriate referral processes to victims’ services. Every workplace should provide basic training to ensure staff can respond to colleagues who are experiencing gendered violence and sexual harassment.1 See Supporting staff and students tools and resources for more information.
It’s worth investing time and energy to help your implementation team understand that your school has the power and responsibility to promote gender equality and that they have a role to play, as leaders and role models. See Leadership tools and resources for more information.
Key resource: Step 1: School readiness PDF