In this step, you will:
A genuine whole school approach requires that all staff understand the importance of promoting gender equality and respectful relationships.
All staff need to be supported to build a culture where gender stereotypes are challenged and gender equality is actively promoted and modelled, in and out of the classroom. Staff also need to be equipped to respond to questions and challenges from students and parents.
The best approach to increasing staff understanding will depend on your school structure and culture, but consider some of the following methods:
Parents, caregivers and families have important roles to play in supporting your school’s work to promote gender equality and respectful relationships. Creating opportunities for discussion and feedback from parents, caregivers and families is essential for ensuring your plan for action is tailored and sustainable. Surveys are an effective way to get valuable insight into families’ awareness, understanding and support of prevention of gender-based violence work.
Meaningful and active engagement with students within schools is vital, as students feel heard, provide input into who they envision change school look like, and are able to shape their own experiences within the school environment.
There may be opportunities to involve students in planning, informing and consulting with the wider student body through any leadership or council processes that exist. Students are often strong advocates for this work and can have significant influence and impact on gender equality in both their school and social settings.
When schools value the voices, thoughts and opinions of students, actively promote their engagement and see it as crucial to whole school change, that change will be more effective.