Expect Respect Education Toolkit by Women's Aid

Expect Respect Education Toolkit by Women's Aid

A comprehensive package of teaching materials focusing on abuse in relationships.

Addressing abuse in relationships and especially teenage relationships is an essential part of a comprehensive PSHE education programme.  Many young people are vulnerable to such behaviour, many may not recognise such behaviour as abusive or if they do feel unable to seek help.

The 'Expect Respect' resource offers teachers a comprehensive package of engaging teaching material that encourages open ended, active learning that enable young people to explore this issue in ways that are relevant to their own lives.  The resource is also highly flexible allowing teachers to use the material in a variety of ways to enrich their own programmes and reflect the needs of their pupils.

Most importantly it provides material that crosses all the key stages recognising the need to start work on healthy relationships in Key Stage 1 and build on this through all the key stages.

The entire toolkit for teachers is available to freely download from the Women’s Aid website.

This resource covers a broad range of issues and will especially support teachers cover the following content from the PSHE Association Programme of Study.

From Key Stages 1 and 2

  • to identify their special people (family, friends, carers), what makes them special and how special people should care for one another

  • to develop strategies to resolve disputes and conflict through negotiation and appropriate compromise

  • the concept of ‘keeping something confidential or secret’, when we should or should not agree to this and when it is right to ‘break a confidence’ or ‘share a secret’

From Key Stages 3 and 4

  • to recognise when a relationship is unhealthy or abusive (including the unacceptability of both emotional and physical abuse or violence and rape) and strategies to manage this or access support for self or others at risk.

  • to develop an awareness of exploitation, bullying and harassment in relationships (including the unique challenges posed by online bullying and the unacceptability of physical, emotional, sexual abuse in all types of teenage relationships, including in group settings such as gangs) and how to respond to it.

  • to learn about the impact of domestic abuse

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