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Step 3: Exploring current practice

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In this step, you will gather data on your school’s current state and undertake a self-assessment to identify strengths and places for improvement.

Objectives of this step:

  • Undertake the school self-assessment with staff.
  • Gather data using the school self-assessment tool with students.

An effective whole-of-school approach relies on building your action plan and messages with a deep understanding of the different perceptions, experiences, histories and levels of support of students, staff and families. As such, every school begins this work from a different starting point.

Doing a gender equality assessment

The school self-assessment tool for staff allows you to capture valuable insights into how staff perceive your school as a school, community hub and workplace. It is recommended that all staff have the opportunity to participate in this assessment so that you are capturing a true representation of staff thoughts and opinions. If this is not possible, the respectful relationships education implementation team should complete the assessment and report the findings to all staff. You will revisit this tool in the next step to complete an action plan based on your findings.

The school self-assessment tool for students is an example of how your school can access students’ unique thoughts and opinions on the school culture and environment. This tool was created for Grade 5 and 6 cohorts and helped to create targeted actions and strategies in the implementation step of this process. Use the Guidance document to assist with planning and adapting this tool for your student cohort.

Both self-assessment tools reflect the whole-of-school approach. It allows you to identify what the school is doing well in the six different components of the whole-of-school approach as well as identify priorities for future improvement. If prevention work does not adequately consider gendered experiences and impacts or is not inclusive and accessible, then your work is unlikely to achieve its objectives.

The tools can be used as both as baseline assessment of your school’s current activity and capacity for change and as tools to guide planning actions. Gathering this data is important because this gives you a point to measure improvement from.

What's next?

Step 4: Planning and implementing