Australia’s first comprehensive education resource to represent same-sex parented families.
The School Action Toolkit is a PDHPE (Y5–10) resource that explores family diversity in a fun & insightful way, using stories drawn from GAYBY BABY. Beyond the classroom, it provides staff with strategies to make their school community a safe & inclusive space for all students & their families.
This Supplementary Video Kit complements the free, downloadable School Action Toolkit resource which is tailored to meet the achievement standards and content of the Health and Physical Education learning area of the NSW and Australian curriculum for Years 5-10.
The supplementary video kit encourages insightful, manageable conversations based on the real life experiences of children being raised by same-sex attracted parents and explores the universal challenges and transitions that students will go through as they move through adolescence.
The Supplementary Video Kit contains:
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GAYBY BABY’s School Action Toolkit is linked to the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum for years 5-10. The resource may also be extended for use in Humanities and English classes.
The video stimulus material encourages insightful, manageable conversations based on the real life experiences of children being raised by same-sex parents and explores the universal challenges and transitions that students will go through as they move through adolescence.
In the 2011 Census there were:
33,714 same-sex couple
households in Australia
6,120 children living in these households.
That’s double the number of children since the 2001 census, meaning children with same-sex attracted parents are a rapidly growing demographic in our schools.
“I think if this film had been shown and my type of family had been known about at school, I wouldn’t have had to lie. I wouldn’t have had to make up stories about what my family was and who the other woman was who was living with us. School would have been easier. I could have been honest and open with myself and my friends. It would have made a huge difference on my learning as a kid.”
– Jesse, 23 yrs, Gayby
A young person’s family is central to their understanding of their own identity. When students see a family like theirs reflected in their school environment, it increases feelings of validation, safety and acceptance. This positively impacts their academic motivation and social wellbeing1.
Beyond the classroom, the School Action Toolkit encourages a whole school approach to welcoming diverse families in the school community. This is important, as there is an ever-growing demographic of children with same-sex attracted parents and/or non-traditional, ‘modern’ families…
To be a welcoming and safe school, you need to support students from diverse families as you would those from traditional families. The School Action Toolkit provides you with strategies to confidently provide this support.
1 See ‘An Introduction to Welcoming Schools’ (URL below) or read the toolkit for full list of academic papers which detail the social, educational and emotional benefits of inclusive classrooms; http://www.hrc.org/files/images/general/An_Introduction_to_Welcoming_Schools.pdf
What is a modern family? The structure and composition of Australian families is rapidly changing across the board. Some children are experiencing a number of family transitions and structures before they reach adolescence. Statistics (2009-2010) on Australian families indicate:
19% of children lived in
single parent families.
7% of children were living in blended families and 3% in step families, suggesting many children now have multiple “mothers” and “fathers” in their lives.
2% of children lived with
grandparents or foster parents.
A small number of children lived in adoptive families. In 2010–11, there were 346 adoptions of children aged 0–14 in Australia (this includes ‘known’, local and inter-country adoptions).
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