Teachers as Educators

NSW Teachers Federation

NSWTF 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.
Gender; Sexuality and Identity Kit
The Gender, Sexuality and Identity kit contains support material for teachers to assist in addressing homophobia and heterosexism in their educational settings. 

All of Us - Safe Schools Coalition Australia

All Of Us is an innovative new teaching and learning resource that aims to increase students’ understanding and awareness of gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics. It is funded by the Australian Government, and has been jointly developed by Safe Schools Coalition Australia and Minus18.

The resource captures the real life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people through a collection of short videos and teaching activities that are aligned to the Year 7/8 Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum.

Australian Human Rights Commission: rightsEd
The Australian Human Rights Commission’s human rights education resources for teachers – rightsED - 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.

Teaching Sexual In Schools

Teachers can access up to date resources, information and professional learning to support teaching K-6 sexuality education and 7-12 sexual health education through PDHPE on the Teaching Sexual Health website. The site includes sections on creating a supporting learning environment, effective practice in schools and sample units as well as other helpful information.

NSW Anti-Discrimination Board 
The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board has some worksheets on topics including diversity, discrimination, bullying and harassment.

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 teacher’s 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.

The NAPCAN LOVE BiTES program is a school based program for 14-18yo seeking the prevention of relationship violence. The LOVE BiTES package includes lesson plans on gender deconstruction, sexual harassment and bystander strategies that can complement the PDHPE curriculum


Pridentity stands for pride + identity and is an education program to help students become informed about sexuality and sexual diversity, the myths and facts about same-sex attraction and transgender issues, homophobia and bullying, and gender stereotypes.
Developed in 2011, the Pridentity Resource Kit is the culmination of many years of successful in-school workshops focusing on inclusive sexuality education for secondary school students. The Kit is designed for teachers and community workers. It provides lesson plans, activities and links to further resources to support teaching practice that is inclusive, interactive and fun and is linked to Victorian learning outcomes.

Same Difference – Reducing Homophobia in Schools program

Family Planning NSW offers the Same Difference – Reducing Homophobia in Schools program for young people and their facilitators. This program delivers interactive education sessions exploring issues relating to discrimination, homophobia and developing a safe and supportive environment for same-sex attracted young people. An especially meaningful and memorable component is the story of a young same-sex attracted speaker, allowing participants to reflect on others’ lived experience of same-sex attraction.

Resources from the USA 
The following resources area available online and can 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:

Day of Silence

GLSEN’s Day of Silence involves hundreds of thousands of students across the world take 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 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.


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

It’s Elementary models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community building and more. The accompanying 136-page It’s Elementary 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. A copy of the film is available in Federation’s library for loan.

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