I see you. I Hear you. I accept you. Creating Safe Schools.

Creating Safe Schools with Roz Ward

It’s what we want for all our students – safe schools.

For some students though – school is the most unsafe place for them to be.

And increasingly they’re saying, ‘enough is enough if our school leaders & teachers won’t take action to make school safe for us we will.’


Show Guest – Roz Ward

Roz was the Manager and Co-founder of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria.

Episode Summary

In this episode of Pushing The Edge, young people taking the lead to make their schools safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students and their families.

Plus, how one organisation, The Safe Schools Coalition of Australia is supporting these students and their teachers.

We’ve got a swag of tips and insights so that you can join us and drive change in your school.

We’re also pushing the edges of normalcy, safety, voice and being an ally in another fast and furious Lightning Round.

Creating Safe Schools

Episode Run-Down

  • Why Roz pushes the edge for gender and sexual diversity in schools (1:55)
  • The school experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) students (3:10)
  • How the perspectives of GLBTI young people has changed – substantially (4:12)
  • How GLBTI are leading the way and changing school cultures (7:10)
  • The themes young people are organizing around (8:35)
  • Making connections across points of difference (9:15)
  • Facing opposition: What’s the reality here? (13:55)
  • Getting staff and parents on board (17:15)
  • Making connection to other forms of discrimination – strategies (19:03)
  • How to support GLBTI young people when you don’t have systemic support (21:31)
  • How individual teachers drive change in schools (23:03)
  • The sophistication of GLBTI young people’s language and activism (26:03)
  • What if you lack money, technology and live in a rural location? (28:38)
  • I see you, I recognize you, I accept you: The power of teacher support (29:30)
  • Practical teacher strategies (31:50)
  • The Lightning Round – ally, normal, safe school, voice, and pushing the edge (35:13)
  • Reflecting on our chat (36:07)

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