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Evaluation

Respectful relationships education to prevent gender-based violence

Lessons from a multi-year pilot in primary schools: final evaluation report
Publisher
Violence against women Violence prevention Gender-based violence Interpersonal relationships Primary education School curriculum Queensland Victoria
Description

This report is the final evaluation report of a pilot of respectful relationships education in primary schools in Victoria and Queensland.

The focus of the Respectful Relationships Education in Primary Schools pilot was on implementing and evaluating a whole-of-school approach to respectful relationships education in primary schools, focusing on Years 1 and 2 (students aged five to seven years) in particular.

The evaluation also explored structural and systemic opportunities for the continued take-up of respectful relationships education.

Key findings:

  • A decrease in stereotypical attitudes among school students, making them less likely to see jobs or activities as strictly for men or women
  • Both boys and girls showed an interest in traditionally feminine jobs and activities
  • Staff demonstrated an increased understanding of gender inequality and the ways in which it impacts on school culture
  • Teacher feedback highlighting the importance of professional development in helping them deliver respectful relationships education that addresses the drivers of violence
  • Some schools showed staff increased their understanding of gender discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Strong commitment to respectful relationships education and its role in school readiness across the school community after the pilot.
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