Australian schools are doing great things around the country to be welcoming and safe for the whole school community. Safe Schools Coalition Australia works with schools to help them with those efforts.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia offers a suite of free resources and support to equip school staff with knowledge, skills and practical ideas to create safer and more inclusive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.
We work together with schools from a range of diverse contexts to tailor support that meets the needs of their school community. This includes government and independent schools, schools in diverse geographic locations, and faith-based schools.
School membership and engagement with Safe Schools Coalition Australia is voluntary and school principals and teachers make professional judgements about accessing support and resources to suit their school.
Schools can request support in the following key areas:
Tailored professional learning
We offer a range of professional learning options for teachers and other school staff. Sessions can be adapted to the needs of the school and range from introductory sessions through to in-depth training around more complex issues. Training materials draw upon national and international research and feedback from schools to give school staff insight, ideas and confidence.
Guidance and consultation
Our expert staff are available to support school leaders and teachers with tailored advice on inclusive practice across the school’s operations. This includes assisting school staff to explore the school climate and make improvements to school policies to be more inclusive. Our staff also assist school communities that request support in the process of affirming the gender identity of a transgender or gender diverse student at the school.
Resources for school staff
We have a range of high quality resources which help school staff to respond to homophobic and transphobic behaviour and actively support and include gender diversity, intersex and sexual diversity in school communities. We also have an age appropriate teaching and learning resource aligned to the Australian Curriculum for use by school teachers – All Of Us.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia’s official resources are free and available from the Safe Schools Hub.
Get in touch!
We encourage you to Contact Us in your state or territory to find out more about how we can help and how to get started. Already got the information you need? Sign up to become a member today. Not from a school? Consider whether you might join us as a supporter organisation.