Date
17 June 2019

Understand legal obligations and children's rights

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Build knowledge of sex, gender, and sexuality diversity’

Revisit NZC values

Revisit NZC values

Ensure student rights are upheld.

The New Zealand Curriculum is underpinned by values of diversity, equity and respect, and upholds human rights.

These values ensure the rights of all students to:

  • self expression
  • identification
  • support.

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

Ensure all students are safe

Ensure all students are safe

Ensure safety and social justice for all students.

We have a policy of safety around identity and culture, and that includes gender.

We feel strongly that every child deserves to feel safe in the school environment.

Primary school BoT member

Commit to diversity

Commit to diversity

Inclusion means preventing invisibility, especially in the curriculum.

School boards and staff must ensure that they recognise and affirm the diversity within their school so that everyone feels welcome and valued.

Diversity in schools includes diversity of:

  • cultures
  • ethnicity
  • beliefs and values
  • learning needs
  • sexes
  • sexualities
  • gender identities and expressions.

Source: Affirming diversity of sexualities and gender identities in the school community (opens in a new tab/window)

Ensure freedom from discrimination

Ensure freedom from discrimination

All students have the right to be accepted for who they are and access to positive environments for learning.

Human Rights Commission

High school students walking through foyer

Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Affirming diversity of sexualities and gender identities in the school community

Affirming diversity of sexualities and gender identities in the school community

Read time: 36 min

Publisher: New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association

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School anti violence toolkit

Safety in schools toolkit

Read time: 51 min

Publisher: New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Build knowledge of sex, gender, and sexuality diversity”:

Return to the guide “Supporting LGBTIQA+ students”

Guide to Index of the guide: LGBTIQA+ students

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