Date
21 April 2019

​Support and resource sexuality and gender education

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Design inclusive school-wide systems and processes’

Align policies to sexuality education guidelines

Align policies to sexuality education guidelines

Sexuality education encourages students to explore their own values, develop communication skills, and nurture a positive view of their own bodies and sexuality.

Identify areas for discussion

Identify areas for discussion

Create opportunities for students to investigate and explore:

  • healthy relationships in multiple contexts
  • expressing feelings and emotions
  • supporting the wellbeing of friends and peers
  • communication
  • questioning messages related to gender, sexuality, and diversity
  • identity and beliefs
  • rights and responsibilities
  • future dreams and goals
  • physical and emotional development
  • sexual and gender diversity
  • human reproduction
  • human rights
  • consent
  • choice and agency in relationships
  • access to support and health care
  • questioning and discussing gender and sexual stereotypes and norms, i.e. heteronormativity (assumptions of a monosexual heterosexual society)
  • risks and issues in online and social media environments.

Offer as a subject option at all levels

Offer as a subject option at all levels

Develop a school-wide, shared approach when considering how sexuality can be taught across and within a range of subject areas.

To support gender and sexuality diverse students, ensure that health is a subject option at all levels in the school, especially at senior levels when relationships are more likely.

It is recommended that all students engage in sexuality education in years 11–13. This should not be limited to students completing NCEA courses and standards in health education.

Source: Sexuality education: A guide for principals, boards of trustees, and teachers (opens in a new tab/window)

Review current approach

Review current approach

Common characteristics of successful sexuality education programmes include:

  • respect for the diverse values and beliefs of students and of the community
  • recognition of the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of sexuality
  • inclusion of students’ perspectives and requests
  • regular planning and review of sexuality programmes
  • consultation with students about content and approach
  • up-to-date resources that are appropriate and modified to meet the needs of students
  • committed, confident teachers who are provided with LGBTIQA+ professional development opportunities
  • respect for different cultural perspectives
  • the use of assessment data, including student self-assessment, to review programme implementation
  • an environment where students feel safe to ask questions
  • an environment where there is a good rapport between teachers and students
  • a strong culture of school-wide respect
  • access to effective support networks for students.

Source: Health and Physical Education Online (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Affirming diversity

Publisher: New Zealand Family Planning

Price: One off charge NZ$40.00

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Website

Sexuality education: Information for parents, families, and whānau

Read time: 4 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Design inclusive school-wide systems and processes”:

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