Over recent months parents may have heard from their child/children about aspects of our school curriculum that focus on respectful relationships. This is a new addition to the Victorian Curriculum and the implementation of the program throughout our school has been diligently led by Mrs Jenni Spataro our school’s Wellbeing Leader and Ms Liz Harley our Leading Teacher. A number of resources have been purchased to support this program and staff are undertaking professional learning.
Below is an overview of this program taken from Department of Education website. The topics focused on for each year level at Carnegie Primary are well considered and targeted to the needs of our students at any given point in time. If families have any specific questions please ask your child’s teacher or come and see Karen or myself. Early in 2020 we will run an information evening for interested parents and carers.
What is respectful relationships education?
Respectful relationships education focuses on building and promoting gender equity in relationships and challenging of gender stereotypes. The Victorian Curriculum F-10 includes learning about respectful relationships in both Health and Physical Education and Personal and Social Capability.
Health and Physical Education
In Health and Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage safe and respectful relationships.
The following focus areas provide the context for teaching about respectful and safe relationships.
Relationships and sexuality focuses on establishing and managing respectful relationships. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to strategies for respectfully relating to and interacting with others as well as strategies for dealing with relationships when there is an imbalance of power such as bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence (including discrimination based on race, gender and sexuality).
Safety addresses safety issues that students may encounter in their daily lives, including those in the home. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills to make safe decisions and behave in ways that protect their own safety and that of others, including strategies for dealing with unsafe or uncomfortable situations, managing personal safety and safety in relationships and dating.
Within the Personal, Social and Community Health Strand content descriptions relevant to preventing violence can be found across all levels from Foundation to Year 10. The sub-strands contain the following themes:
Being healthy, safe and active
- Development of personal identity, including gender and sexual identity
- Help seeking strategies, including protective behaviours
- Physical, social and emotional changes and the impact of these on relationships
- Services and strategies that promote health, safety and wellbeing
Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing
- Social skills necessary for respectful relationships
- Emotional responses and how these impact on relationships
- The media’s influence on attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.
Contributing to healthy and active communities
- Strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing in the community
- Factors that influence health and wellbeing within the community, including challenging attitudes and behaviours such as homophobia, sexism, prejudice, violence, discrimination and harassment.
Personal and Social Capability
In the Personal and Social Capability curriculum, students learn to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and establish and build a framework for positive relationships.
Self-awareness and management
- Exploring emotional responses and the links between emotions and behaviour
- Acknowledgement of personal strengths.
Social awareness and management
- Diversity within the community, including the importance of empathy and respecting human rights
- Factors that influence the expression of positive and respectful relationships
- Conflict and strategies to address or manage conflict.
Through teaching and learning in Health and Physical Education and the Personal and Social Capability areas of the Victorian Curriculum, students will develop the ability to:
- Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing
- Recognise that conflict occurs and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to deal with conflict
- Describe factors that can positively influence relationships and personal wellbeing
- Describe the characteristics of respectful relationships and suggest ways that respectful relationships can be achieved
- Investigate personal, social and cultural factors that influence the ability to experience positive and respectful relationships and explore the rights and responsibilities of individuals in relationships