TagSafe Schools Coalition Australia

Australian sex education isn’t diverse enough. Here’s why we should follow England’s lead.


The Conversation, 7 August 2018 By David Rhodes, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Edith Cowan University How children are taught about sex, relationships and sexuality at school is shaping up to be a political hot potato in Australia (again). It’s already been slated to be an issue in the Victorian state elections later this year. That’s just a short time from being on the agenda during the...

‘I Just Want to Be Myself’: How We Can Challenge Homophobia, Transphobia, and Racism in Australian Schools

Journal of Intercultural Studies Volume 38, 2017 – Issue 4, Pages 469-479 Roz Ward, La Trobe University Abstract: Drawing on the experiences of Safe Schools Coalition in Australia since 2010, this article focuses on the potential for successfully challenging homophobia, transphobia, and racism in schools. The discussion challenges assumptions about the incompatibility of cultural difference...

State Government to fully fund Safe Schools anti bullying initiative


Hon Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development, Government of South Australia. Press release published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 A new Safe Schools anti-bullying initiative will be made available from July to assist public secondary schools in tackling the unacceptably high rates of bullying and suicide among LGBTI students. The refreshed initiative will be delivered by SHine SA...

The reality of Safe Schools


The Guardian, Wednesday 14 December 2016 06.27 AEDT The speed with which modern societies are adapting to the upending of conventional ideas about gender and sexual identity “may be the most important cultural metamorphosis of our time”, wrote Jenna Wortham in the New York Times Magazine a few months ago. Heteronormativity, cisgender, gender binary, queer theory and gender fluidity are now...

Resources for primary schools with transgender students: latest research


  Australia Association for Research in Education, July 2016 Schools constitute a key context in which children may disclose that they are trans or gender diverse. It is not uncommon for a primary school to be asked to sensitively support a trans or gender diverse child. This highlights the need for school communities to provide affirming and informed responses. While there are few resources...

We must celebrate gender and sexual diversity in our schools


The Conversation, February 16, 2016 10.14am AEDT By Lucy Nicholas, Discipline coordinator and Lecturer in Sociology (gender and sexualities), Swinburne University of Technology Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are dangerously out of touch with the science of sex, the social research about gender and the realities of the ways that young people already understand their own...

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