Commonwealth Government releases resources for teaching respectful relationships in schools

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge, and  Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston released today new online resources  to help school students learn about safe, healthy and respectful relationships, including issues around consent and peer pressure.

More than 350 videos, digital stories, podcasts and other materials are available free to teachers, students and families through The Good Society website, as part of the Respect Matters program.  The Respect Matters program also provides support and professional learning modules for teachers and pre-service teachers.

The Respect Matters program has been developed in conjunction with Our Watch, the eSafety Commissioner and the Foundation for Young Australians, as well as parent, community and principals’ groups. Resources have been developed for students from Foundation to Year 12 and content is aligned with the current Australian Curriculum.

  • Foundation to year 6 focuses on building healthy relationships and friendships, including content on empathy, peer pressure, interacting respectfully, and challenging discriminatory behaviour. It also provides the building blocks for later content.
  • Years 7 to 9 focuses on moving from pre-teen to adolescence and looks at relationships and power, and abuse. There is content in this age section that specifically deals with abuse and violence against women.
  • Years 10 to 12 builds on earlier topics and also includes materials on intimate relationships, sexting, sexual consent and decision making.

Teachers and parents will be able to select from the full range of learning content and make decisions about what materials they use in their classrooms to ensure it reflects the values of their school and their community, a particularly important issue for Christian schools.

Additional resources from the Respect Matters program including professional learning modules for educators are available at https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/.

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