At SAEPS our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum is implemented through the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) program across Grades P-6.
The RRRR curriculum is an evidence-based whole school approach to SEL, where it develops the personal and social capabilities including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management.
SAEPS has been implementing Respectful Relationships since 2017 and is a Lead School, where we not only ensure this program is explicitly taught in our school, but we guide and support other schools in our network on how to successful implement this into their curriculum.
Why teach Respectful Relationships?
The Royal Commission into Family Violence identified the critical role that schools and early childhood education have in creating a culture of respect to change the story of family violence for future generations. In 2016, respectful relationships education became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 12, and is being taught in all government and Catholic schools and many independent schools. Everyone in our community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally. We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are embedded in our education settings. Respectful Relationships is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. This approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students. Together, we can lead the way in saying yes to respect and equality, and creating genuine and lasting change so that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
The 8 topics and activities are explicitly taught in classrooms from Grades P-6, as well as through other school initiatives and priorities including SWPBS and our Getting Started Program at the beginning of each year. Teachers are asked to assign 1 hour each week to complete RRRR lessons.
More information about Respectful Relationships and the RRRR curriculum can be found at https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/pages/respectfulrelationships.aspx