Are Schools Really Safe Places in Australia?

Are Schools Really Safe Places in Australia? - Michelle McCormack

In this report, the Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) was analysed in comparison to other models of support for same-sex-attracted (SSA), intersex and gender-diverse students in Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition of schools dedicated to creating safe and inclusive learning environments for SSA, intersex and gender-diverse students, school staff and families.

Through comparisons between various models and interviews with experts, educators and key stakeholders, this report will provide details and evidence that demonstrate which strategies and ideas work best and which do not.

This report will look at:

  • state and federal recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer students, teachers and children of same-sex families in school settings
  • strategies and policies of support and change
  • the actual active implementation of programs in schools
  • teacher training and professional development opportunities and strategies
  • funding models
  • incorporation of safe policies. An integral part of this report was interviewing teachers, education experts, same-sex families and families with children who identify as SSA, intersex or gender-diverse. This provided great insight into the effectiveness of the various strategies and programs in place.

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Previous Eric Pearson Study Grant Reports
Profit Before Children - Carly Boreland   Organising teachers to learn - Michael de Wall
If we forget history: the thirty year war against public education - Maurie Mulheron   Inclusive Classroom - Gae Masters
Students at Risk - John Fisher   Teachers Professional Development - Nicole Calnan
Redefining Activism - Sui-Linn White   Bullying - Joan Lemaire
Staffing an Empty Schoolhouse - Phil Roberts   Testing Times - Dianne Butland
To Deliver Us Our Future - Gary Zadkovich   Comparative study of TAFE NSW teachers and further education lecturers in the United Kingdom, in relation to continuing professional development - Kerry Barlow
Our Way - Denis Fitzgerald    
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