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Secondary schools

Tools for secondary schools

These tools have been collated to assist practitioners supporting and partnering with secondary schools to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence based whole school approach to respectful relationships education (RRE).

Some tools are designed to build your skills and knowledge whilst other tools have been included so that you can provide them to the services’ staff to use with children, families or partner organisations.

Professional learning

  • The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has specialist curriculum consultants to train teachers delivering the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning resources (see curriculum section below).
  • Reality & Risk provides training to teachers and community organisations to develop their understanding of how easily accessible pornography is influencing young people’s sexual expectations and behaviour.
  • VicHealth’s preventing violence against women training is a two-day course, providing practical knowledge and skills on how to prevent violence against women. This training would benefit community organisations supporting schools.

Featured resources

Audit tools

Curriculum

Core Victorian Government Department of Education and Training curriculum resources
Complimentary curriculum resources
  • Reality & Risk In the Picture (2014) addresses the influence of explicit sexual imagery.
  • Deakin University Sexuality Education Matters (2013) provides pre-service educators with the tools to build the skills, knowledge and confidence of future teachers to integrate gender, gender-based violence and sexuality education into their teaching.

School Policies

Videos

PiP has compiled a list of videos for RRE practitioners to incorporate into the training they provide to school staff, sessions they run with families or community organisations, or to be provided to teachers as a curriculum resource to use with their students. Please note that whilst some of these videos will be appropriate for use with younger children, others are more applicable for use by students in secondary school or by RRE professionals in a school.

Classroom activities

  • Every classroom can be used as an opportunity to respond to the drivers of violence and focus on gender equity. These activities are vital in ensuring a successful whole-of-school approach. For example:
    • A Media class can engage students in critical media analysis or an analysis of pop culture, such as exploring current and historic representations of women and men, the difference between gender and sex or how children’s toys are marketed.
    • English teachers can use a literature text to examine gender constructions (DEECD, 2009).
    • Maths teachers can use the wage gap to teach percentages (DEECD, 2009).
  • Women’s Aid Expect Respect Education Toolkit consists of a number of prevention of violence activities that can be incorporated into classroom activity.
  • Robogals organise LEGO robotics workshops with girls in schools to encourage more women to enter engineering, science and technology.
  • Sound Relationships Tool: This tool, developed by the Boston Public Health Commission, helps young people to analyse music and its influence on relationships.

Articles and images to prompt discussion

PiP has created a list of articles and images for RRE practitioners to incorporate into the training they provide to school staff, sessions they run with families or community organisations, or to be provided to teachers as a curriculum resource to use with their students.

Relationships resources

  • Sex, Love and Other Stuff (for boys): A Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria booklet developed for young men, with young men, that talks about sex, relationships, power and respect.
  • Love: the Good, the bad and the ugly (for girls): A Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria guide for young women on love, respect and abuse in dating relationships.
  • YWCA Relationship Things: Relationship Things is an online resource, developed by YWCA Canberra, designed to help people aged 14 through 18 decide what kinds of relationships are good for them. It deals with gender, choice, communication, relationships, consent and safe sex, and includes information and further resources for students and educators.
  • That’s Not Cool: Includes posters and videos with a focus on texting, sexting and online stalking.

For parents

While many of the resources listed on this page can support parents, the below tools have been developed specifically to support parents to have conversations with their children.

Other websites

  • The Line: This Our Watch site initiates discussion and shares information on gender, respect and relationships. It also supports parents and teachers to talk to young people about violence.
  • It’s Time We Talked: This Reality & Risk site supports young people, parents, schools, government and the community sector to understand and address the influence of pornography.
  • That’s Not Cool focuses on abuse through on online and mobile technology.

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