SHINE SA recognizes that comprehensive relationships and sexual health education for young people is a shared responsibility between school, family and community. Evidence suggests that a developmentally appropriate, whole-school approach improves the sexual and reproductive health and relationship wellbeing of young people.
Comprehensive relationships and sexual health education empowers young people to:
The Focus Schools Program supports the prevention of:
This program works to build the capacity of schools (principals, leadership, educators and wellbeing staff) to implement a whole of school approach to relationships and sexual health education.
The Focus Schools Program involves a commitment from Department for Education secondary schools to:
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.
Educators from Focus Schools complete an initial 15-hour face-to-face Teaching It Like it Is – Secondary course and are then assigned a SHINE SA Schools Coordinator to their school. Each Coordinator works with a group of schools in a geographic region. Coordinators are available to support and advise educators that are delivering lessons and provides Annual Updates to curriculum, resources or services.
Our Student Snapshot Report summarises data collected from students from Years 7 to 10 participating in the SHINE SA Focus Schools Program and highlights possible opportunities for improved R&SH education practice.
This program is funded by SA Health and delivered in partnership with the Department for Education.
For more information about supports for primary schools and non-government schools visit Educators and Schools.
If you have questions about the Focus Schools Program please email firstname.lastname@example.org