Secondary Programs

NEW CONSENT EDUCATION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS YRS 8-11:
‘ON THE SAME PAGE’

What your students want to know

Young people tell us they want to learn about consent. They want the facts but don’t want to be overwhelmed with stories about the downside of not understanding how consent works.

Our consent education presentations cover the facts but more than that, help young people understand how important building a positive consent culture is. It’s simply a health measure and crucial if you’ve read any of the testimonies at the Chanel Contos petition, Teach Us Consent. We know that it’s important for consent education to include conversations about coercion and power imbalances. We also know that we must avoid passing on vague information and messaging, as this is one criticism of past programs and curriculum. We recognise the need to address the important matters of consent more directly and with greater clarity.

Teaching about consent is something that requires skill, sensitivity and nuance, and we know many schools and teachers find it an overwhelming prospect. But we can talk about it in a positive and practical way so students come away with ideas and skills on how to more confidently give and get consent.

We know too that young people can become overwhelmed while receiving traditional consent education and that some (particularly male-identifying students) can become defensive and dejected. It can really put a negative spin on human sexuality which sells young people short. If and when they choose to be sexual, it should be something that is positive and wanted and pleasurable, not the opposite.

All of this is why we’ve designed a new approach. Our consent education – Consent: On the same page – is an inclusive presentation that is relevant and helpful for all students, regardless of family background, religion, ability, race, gender identity and sexuality. We tackle the topic of consent by framing the education – and skills and awareness that can arise from it – positively. We hope that young people leaving our presentation will feel uplifted rather than despondent; engaged rather than defensive and ultimately empowered to see some practical and realistic ways they can make sure they are giving and receiving consent in their own lives, now and in the future.

What we hope students will feel upon leaving our presentation:

Energised – that they can make a difference

Informed – that they know more about the importance of boundaries and what sexual harm can look like

Empowered – that they’ve been given practical tips and insights into how they can make a difference in their own lives

Confident – that they can make changes and create something different

Reflective. One of our central goals is to open up a reflective space where people can perhaps realise they have experienced sexual harm, or indeed caused sexual harm to another, and how to access support to help with those realisations.

We know that upper secondary students may likely think ‘oh another lecture on consent’ and think they’ve heard it all before, and quite possibly be closed-minded, but we are confident that our presentation is different to others, because we’ve crafted it with the consultation of young people themselves. Our presenters are young, and they deliver with positivity, making sure all students present feel included and accepted, not judged.

Contact Jenny in the office at info@sexeducationaustralia.com.au or ring 9029 9681 for more information, or to make a booking. (To celebrate our 10TH birthday, we are offering a 25% discount for the first TEN schools to book!)


General secondary education programs

Revising concepts from primary school, and building knowledge and skills are key at the secondary level. Our content can go beyond ‘the (biological) basics’ to include consent, feelings, relationships and communication. Knowledge that will help keep them safe and informed physically, emotionally and socially as they mature.

That’s why we designed our health and human development programs: to give students the opportunity to learn this information in a relaxed and non-judgemental environment. We provide clear messages and strategies that young people can take away to help them with their decision-making. Secondary sessions are tailored to each school’s need. Schools can select from one of our standard presentations or request certain content be covered. We have experience running sessions in faith-based schools, to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, LGBQTI groups and students of all abilities. We work with small groups, keeping the sessions activity- and discussion-based where possible. We can also deliver lecture-style to larger groups.


AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL, QUALITY COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION HAS BEEN SHOWN TO: 

  • delay the first experience of sex
  • reduce STIs
  • reduce unplanned pregnancies
  • reduce coerced sexual activity
  • reduce sexual assault
  • increase young people’s confidence and ability to negotiate consensual sexual activity that is mutual, respectful, communicative, safe and pleasurable

We believe that sexual activity should be a personal choice. At the secondary level, our programs provide young people with information that will help them to be healthy, safe, consensual, legal and respectful if/when they choose to begin their sexual journey.

International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach, 2018. P28


AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL, SEA IS COMMITTED TO:

  • helping young people develop their sexual health knowledge and skills in decision-making
  • providing an inclusive service in communities and schools
  • the idea that sexual activity should be a personal choice, and needs to be healthy, safe, consensual, legal and respectful (and enjoyable for all involved).

STANDARD PROGRAMS TO SELECT FROM:

‘Puberty, Change and Respect’ (Year 7)

  • puberty review
  • navigating friendship
  • standing up for yourself
  • respectful use of technology (social media & the internet)

‘Change, Friendships and Respect’ (Year 8)

  • exploring respect in friendships and family relationships
  • early dating
  • choice and consent
  • looking after yourself and others

‘Nuts & Bolts: risk, choice and respect’ (Years 8 – 12)

  • sexual decision-making
  • safer sex, STIs and contraception
  • sex and technology (pornography, sexting)
  • sex and the law
  • consent and coercion

‘Respectful Relationships’ (Years 8 – 12)

  • qualities of a respectful relationship
  • red flags of an unhealthy or potentially abusive relationship
  • boundaries and consent
  • intimacy in relationships
  • sex and technology (impact of pornography)
  • social media and sexting
  • sex and the law

‘Pornography: the big picture’ (Years 10 – 12)

  • what is pornography?
  • influence of pornography, how it is shaping behaviour and expectations
  • how pornography differs from real life
  • sex and the law

NEW Sex Ed Q&A session (Year 9 – 12)

  • students ask questions anonymously prior to or at the start of the session
  • educators answer students’ questions, provide accurate information and suggestion of where to go for further help
  • this is a great way to support a sexual health program that may be run in school
  • student questions that are most important to them are answered in a non-confronting way
  • gives a good indication of where a cohort ‘is at’ with their development in this area
  • caters to exact student needs

SEA values diversity and respect for all. We have experience in, and understanding of, the different expectations of families and communities. We can deliver programs in faith-based schools, to LGBQTI groups, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, and students of all abilities.



Secondary schools we’ve worked with


Thanks so much SEA for an engaging and informative session. Our students felt comfortable to ask questions and your discussions around technology, stereotypes and relationships really resonated.
Year 10 teacher

This was just what our students needed. You were relaxed, unshockable and non-judgemental. Thanks for treating all questions with respect. The Year 9s were so focussed. Great session.
Year 9 teacher

This session was great! I’ve been wondering about a lot of this and you answered all my questions! Thanks! 
Year 7 student

An interesting session, you included real problems and situations. Gave me a lot to think about and it made me more comfortable. It was also great for our age. 
Year 8 student

It was interesting to hear what everyone thought about the various topics, such as expectations of an ideal partner. I liked how we didn’t just listen the whole session but also got to do some activities. 
Year 10 student

The session was run very well, it was very clear and you were easy going and friendly. It was good that everyone was able to put in without feeling awkward.
Year 10 student

SEA teaches all our sexuality and relationships programs from Year 5 to Year 12. The primary programs include explicit information about safe social networking (as part of respect in friendships), privacy settings and where to go for help if anything worries them. The secondary program covers respectful relationships including explicit teaching about care with personal information, laws relating to technology, posting photos and sexting online, privacy, safe social networking, discussions about pornography and where to go for help and advice. I would not hesitate to recommend SEA for any training or educational purpose requiring a first-class organisation and a professional, reliable and responsive group of staff. 
Principal, Independent girls’ school, Melbourne

Contact us at info@sexeducationaustralia.com.au for more information