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General Description

Why is learning about how to speak to young people about sex and consent more important now than ever?

Times are rapidly changing and our conversations about these crucial issues must change too.  This course will focus less on the physical aspects of sex education and more about the complex emotions and the social expectations placed on young people that make this issue more compelling than ever.  We want young people to understand how to have loving respectful relationships - both with themselves and with others.  This course is focused on how best to do that.


Given the subject matter, this is best suited to teachers working with secondary aged students, and those in a position to have these kinds of conversations - perhaps those with pastoral roles.

 Teaching Standards

4.4.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Maintain student safety:  Ensure students’ wellbeing and safety within the school by implementing school and/ or system, curriculum and legislative requirements

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning

4.2.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Manage classroom activities:  Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Why Is Sexual Education and Consent More Important Than Ever?

    • Welcome to the Course!

  • 2

    What Are The Hot Topics to Discuss?

    • The Sexualisation of Young People

    • Consent

    • Drugs and Alcohol

    • Porn

    • Sexting

  • 3

    Why Is Consent So Complicated?

    • Have the Conversation

    • So Why Is Consent So Complicated Then?

    • Activity - Taking Tea a Step Further

    • When Can Consent Not Be Given?

  • 4

    Having Gender-Based Conversations

    • Why This Can Be Problematic

    • Why We Need to...

    • Conversations to Have with Young Men

    • Conversations to Have with Young Women

    • Activities

  • 5

    The Damaging Influence of Porn

    • The Damaging Influence of Porn

  • 6

    Why We Need to Focus on Love and Intimacy

    • Why We Need to Focus on Love and Intimacy

    • Activity - Relationship Role Models

    • Activity - Film Brainstorm

  • 7

    The Role of Friendships

    • Choose Your Friendships Wisely

    • How To Be a Good Friend

    • Conclusion

    • Course Feedback


Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to teach. From the beginning of her career in 2001, she strove to understand what was at the basis of good teaching and learning. Lauren spent many of her early years of teaching in brand new schools, where the exploration of best practice was at the forefront. She undertook a variety of leadership roles from curriculum to professional learning to student management. She also joined the Faculty of Education at Deakin University to work with pre-service teachers.  In 2010, Lauren became an Assistant Principal but missed her role in the classroom. She now wants to focus more on teaching and learning, and contributing to developing professional networks of teachers committed to best practice. She is Deputy Head of Wellbeing and Head of Boys at St Margaret's and Berwick Grammar School in Victoria

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