New syllabus has domestic violence survivors visit schools

SURVIVORS of domestic violence will be asked to speak to high school students across NSW as respectful relationships classes begin next year.

The NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards this month released its new syllabus for Year 7 to 10 health and physical education classes.

Students will learn to recognise forms of abuse that can affect children and families and will "examine power, conflict and cooperation in different settings, including friendship groups, in the school context, family, home and workplace".

Teachers will undergo Violence NSW training from October before the classes begin in 2016.

BOSTES confirmed domestic violence survivors would be called to speak about their experiences in some cases.

"Schools and teachers when planning their lessons find appropriate resources to support the learning experiences of their students. This may include guest speakers," a spokesman said.

"Schools would ensure that the individual, topic and material are suitable."


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