Teachers as Educators

NSW Teachers Federation

NSW Teachers Federation Library
The NSW Teachers Federation Library is available to all Federation members, and has resources related to campaigns, industrial work, equity and professional development issues that are supported by the Federation. The library can be contacted by phone, fax or email with requests for information or to have specific resources posted to members.

There are three library bulletins available to assist members in finding LGBTIQ resources relevant to their needs and interest: LGBTIQ: Adult, LGBTIQ: Young Adults and LGBTIQ: Children. Members can specifically search LGBTIQ library resources on the library’s online catalogue

All of Us - Safe Schools Coalition Australia

All of Us is the Safe Schools Coalition Australia guide for a Health and Physical Education resource for years 7 and 8 on the topic of gender and sexual diversity. This unit is taught in conjunction with videos, student handouts and posters and is housed on the Student Wellbeing Hub for the Australian Government Department of Education.

This project was funded by the Australian Government, and was jointly developed by Safe Schools Coalition Australia and Minus18.

National Safe Schools Framework

The National Safe Schools Framework from MCEECDYA provides the overarching document for all schools with a vision and a set of guiding principles for safe and supportive school communities that also promote student wellbeing and develop respective relationships. A range of supporting resources can be found at the Student Wellbeing Hub. The Hub provides school communities, teachers, school leaders, students, parents and specialist professionals with a range of safe school strategies.

Wear It Purple

Wear It Purple is a student lead initiative that supports sexuality and gender diverse (i.e. “rainbow”) young people to be proud of who they are. The organisation believes that every young person is unique, important and worthy of love and that no one should be subject to bullying, belittlement or invalidation. The organisation co-ordinates an annual Wear It Purple Day. Schools and workplaces are able to register their support of the day and organise an event to show their support of rainbow youth.

Learn to Include

Learn to Include publishes inclusive children’s books and other resources that feature diverse families, including families with same-sex parents. Their teachers’ manual is designed to be used in conjunction with the Learn To Include series and assists primary school teachers in teaching and learning about diverse families. Both the books and the teachers’ manual can be accessed via NSWTF library.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s human rights education resources for teachers aims to help students develop a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities, as well as developing the attitudes, behaviours and skills to apply them in everyday life.


LOVE BiTES and LOVE Bites Junior are Respectful Relationships Education Programs for young people aged 11-17 years. The program is based on best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Federal Government funded Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House and other leading academics in the area of violence against women.

LOVE BiTES aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore respectful relationships.

The following resources area available online and could be adapted to suit Australian educational settings:

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) - USA

GLSEN is the leading American education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Their goal is for every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The organisation believes that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.
GLSEN has a range of resources and programs that can be helpful in creating safe and inclusive learning environments including:

  • Student and GSA Resources
    Many schools have LGBTQ student-led clubs and GSAs (Gender and Sexuality Alliances) to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive schools. These groups provide space to organize, and also provide a place where students can socialize and find community together. GLSEN provides student and GSA resources to support a range of activities at the school level.
  • Day of Silence
    GLSEN’s Day of Silence involves hundreds of thousands of students across the world taking a vow of silence on a Friday in April. This powerful, student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • Ready Set Respect! – Elementary Toolkit
    GLSEN developed Ready, Set, Respect! to provide tools to support elementary (primary school) educators. The kit provides a set of tools that will help to prepare to teach about respect and includes lesson plans that can help to seize teachable moments. The lessons focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity.
  • Safe Space Kit
    The Safe Space Kit is GLSEN’s Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students. The guide provides concrete strategies that help support LGBT students, educate about anti-LGBT bias and advocate for changes in schools.
  • ThinkB4YouSpeak
    The ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behaviour in schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of anti-LGBT language in an effort to create a more positive environment for LGBT teens. The campaign also aims to reach adults, including school personnel and parents.

It’s Elementary - USA

It’s Elementary models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community building and more. The accompanying 136-page It’s Elementary curriculum guide to community organizing, professional development, and K-8 curriculum is shares ideas and resources for using It’s Elementary to make change on many levels in the classroom, in schools of education, with school boards and within communities. The film and guide are available for loan from Federation’s library.

GSA Network - USA

GSA Network supports LGBTQ+ youth organizers across the USA to take action and create change at all levels, from school-based campaigns that impact individual school districts to national days of action that unite GSAs (Gender and Sexuality Alliances) for racial and gender justice. The Network has resources relating to the creating and operation of GSAs for both teachers and students.

Stonewall – UK

Stonewall is a UK based organisation that offers resources, consultancy and training as well as developing membership programmes to empower teachers and education professionals to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools and colleges.

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