We have started learning about Respectful Relationships as part of our health, physical education and resilience curriculum.
Respectful Relationships is a new $21.8 million program in all Victorian schools, in response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Evidence presented showed the effectiveness of schools in addressing the attitudes, beliefs and knowledge that support violence.
Elwood College has also been selected as a Leading School, guiding local partner schools (primary and secondary) to implement a whole school approach.
As well as teaching age-appropriate curriculum, each school will review its practices and policies to ensure it is modelling respectful relationships and gender equality across the school community.
As a Leading School, Elwood College is taking part in a three-year research program, which will examine the impact of the program on student attitudes. Students will be asked to complete six surveys over the three years. Parental consent is required – a letter and form will be distributed via Compass shortly.
Our teachers have already started teaching the curriculum from Years 7-12, using resources provided by the Department of Education and Training.
Assistant Principal Scott Burton said the new material complements our existing Health and PE programs and The Resilience Project.
The learning materials are designed to develop student’s social and emotional capabilities, build healthy and respectful relationships, support decision making and create positive gender relations. The initiative will also provide resources to best support young people who are affected by family violence.