Secondary Schools

How to work across the Secondary school curriculum:

There are many opportunities within the secondary school curriculum to develop young people’s understanding and skills to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls. Many schools are already doing interesting and innovative work. Education professionals can map out opportunities across the curriculum, where work on the following main themes can be integrated:

  • Changing gender norms, roles and expectations
  • Building respectful relationships
  • Identifying and understanding Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Acting to stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Top Tips to work in a Secondary school:

  1. Make a strategic decision to integrate work on Violence Against Women and Girls and gender equality into the curriculum, ensuring governor and head teacher support.
  2. Put commitment into relevant school policies, for example the School Improvement Plan or link into the school equality duty (or the former gender equality duty).
  3. Create a working group or support a member of school staff to co-ordinate department leads’ development and implementation of the work.
  4. Organise staff and governor seminars to raise awareness, assess aims and implementation, and develop a clear action plan.
  5. Plan a school INSET session on equality, with a training session for each department on how to integrate Violence Against Women and Girls and gender equality issues into the work that they are already doing.
  6. Work with curriculum leads to create a map across the curriculum that shows where gender equality and Violence Against Women and Girls are discussed.
  7. Implement the work with ‘whole school’ structures, activities – assemblies, use of World Days (e.g. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, International Women’s day, 8th March) – and tutorial programmes.
  8. Ensure that school staff members are aware and informed of procedures for school incidents or disclosures, and that clear and active links are established with relevant external agencies, for pastoral and curriculum inputs and support.
  9. Seek help and guidance from local professions within the local authority or voluntary sector, including within child protection, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and youth services. Link into local partnerships and national ones, where they exist.
  10. Work in partnership with other schools, in clusters or federations to develop the work.

For a curriculum map and hints on how to integrate content across the school curriculum see the curriculum review tool.

Curriculum review tool