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Working in education for children and young people

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This setting includes childcare and early learning centres, and primary and secondary schools, including specialist schools. 

Why this setting?

Education settings at every level — early childhood, primary and secondary — have near universal reach to Australian children and young people. Education settings play an important role in the socialisation and development of children and young people. 

Key opportunities

  • Shaping positive attitudes and behaviours among children and young people to identify and challenge gender stereotypes and violence-supportive attitudes in their daily lives, the media and popular culture.  
  • Supporting children and young people to build their skills and establish respectful and equal relationships, including by modelling these behaviours. 
  • Skilling up and empowering young people to advocate for gender equality and non-violence and positively influence their peers, as well as future generations. 

Things you can do

  • Classroom activities can enable students to critique gender inequality and violence supportive attitudes and promote respectful relationships. Find here a range of resources supporting primary and secondary classroom activities. 
  • Professional learning activities can support school staff to understand the issues, model respectful behaviour and enhance their teaching practice. 
  • Organisational change activities, such as the development of policies and activity focusing on the school as a workplace promoting gender equality, can help to create more gender equitable schools. 

Respectful relationship education tools


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