Educators and Schools – Relationships & Sexual Health Education

We provide support for schools to implement an evidence-based, whole-school approach to relationships and sexual health education.

Relationships and sexual health education plays a pivotal role in supporting young people to make positive choices about their relationships and sexual health. As such it  forms an important part of the Australian Curriculum. In South Australia, SHINE SA has a Memorandum of Operational Collaboration with the Department for Education to support schools in this area.

SHINE SA supports schools through professional development for educators, curricula, resources and personnel support.

The support we provide increases the confidence and capacity of teachers, counsellors and support staff to facilitate a consistent and comprehensive relationships and sexual health education program. Our resources and Teaching It Like It Is courses for educators are informed by our Principles of Best Practice.

We equip educators to support their students to develop the skills to establish respectful, positive relationships and feel comfortable to access services.

SHINE SA’s support for schools is informed by current research and statistics in the area of relationships, sexual health and wellbeing of young people. Each year we produce a Student Feedback Snapshot Report summarising data collected from thousands of students who participated in relationships and sexual health lessons at their school.

Relationships & Sexual Health Education and Support

SHINE SA can support primary schools and their educators with professional development, curriculum, resources, advice and advocacy to deliver a comprehensive, age and developmentally appropriate relationships and sexual health education program.

Curriculum

SHINE SA has developed a comprehensive Years 5-7 relationships and sexual health curriculum and associated resources.

Our curriculum is mapped to the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and the Department for Education’s Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum.

These resources and curricula inform our courses for educators which outline what makes a comprehensive relationships and sexual health program for primary years.

Primary Course

Teaching It Like It Is – Primary

SHINE SA supports secondary schools with professional development, curriculum, resources, advice and advocacy to deliver a comprehensive and up-to-date relationships and sexual health education program. We also provide the Focus Schools Program a comprehensive relationships and sexual health program for secondary schools.

Curriculum

SHINE SA’s comprehensive relationships and sexual health curriculum for Years 8–10 is regularly reviewed with reference to teacher/student feedback, parent/carer feedback, evidence updates and emerging issues.

Our relationships and sexual health curriculum is mapped to Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and the Department for Education’s Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum.

Our courses for educators explore what makes an effective program in the secondary years including content, teaching methods, practical demonstration of classroom activities and a range of resources.

Secondary Course

Teaching It Like It Is – Secondary

SHINE SA’s Focus Schools Program is a comprehensive relationships and sexual health program for secondary schools. Department for Education schools with students in Years 7-10 have the opportunity to become a SHINE SA Focus School by signing an agreement with SHINE SA. 

More information is available on our Focus Schools Program page.

SHINE SA Focus Schools Program

SHINE SA provides professional development, curriculum outlines and resources to support teachers and support staff who work with young people living with a disability.

Relationships and Sexual Health Education for Students with a Disability.

For more information see our Teaching It Like It Is – Aboriginal course.

Teaching It Like It Is — Aboriginal

Our courses for educators, although centred on curriculum delivery, also provide knowledge and strategies to address relationships and sexual health issues with young people which would be of interest for school counsellors, Student Wellbeing Leaders, School Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers.

Our Pregnancy Choices Training is also available to school counsellors and explains all options available to people experiencing an unintended pregnancy.

Additional support and information can be provided via the Sexual Healthline.

SHINE SA provides an extensive library containing information relevant for parents/carers of children of various ages and abilities. Counselling support is available for individuals or as a couple and for referrals. Parent/Carer Information Evenings are offered at SHINE SA Woodville. Our Schools Education and Support team can also provide support for schools to host a parent information on site.

For more information see Parents. 

SHINE SA’s support for schools is informed by current research.

For more information see Research.

Schools Education and Support Newsletter

Our regular newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest resources, news and courses related to sexual health and relationships.

Contact Us

For further information or enquiries, please email School-Support@shinesa.org.au or phone 8300 5317.

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