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Creating a comprehensive curriculum

How to develop a comprehensive curriculum on Violence Against Women and Girls:

To ensure that activities to end Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) are embedded within the annual work of the organisation they must be firmly stated in the organisation’s curriculum. This can mean agreeing the learning objectives across different subject areas and different age groups to ensure a comprehensive programme of learning.

Activities to learn about Violence Against Women and Girls can be delivered across different curriculum areas. There is a tendency within schools to focus on the PSHE curriculum but other subject areas can be just as relevant and ensure that there is a drip feed of content to reinforce the learning.  Youth centres and Pupil Referral Units can also offer great opportunities to deliver a long term course that develops content. Out of school locations mean that sessions can be off the education curriculum and really start to explore issues and develop learning outcomes.

The AVA curriculum review tool tool shows ways to link across the Secondary curriculum in subject areas from Maths, Science, Geography and English.

Curriculum review tool:

There are many opportunities within the school curriculum to develop young people’s understanding and skills to prevent violence against women and girls. Many schools are already doing interesting and innovative work. This tool will help teachers to map out opportunities across the curriculum, where work on the following main themes can be integrated:

  • Changing gender norms, roles and expectations
  • Building respectful relationships
  • Identifying and understanding violence against women and girls
  • Acting to stop violence against women and girls

How to work across the curriculum:

Curriculum review map

WOMANKIND Worldwide produced a curriculum review tool to map out possible subject areas that school staff can include and expand upon in their lessons. Column one shows the links to the current English National Curriculum and the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda. Column two shows the lesson title and main theme of violence against women and girls. Column three shows ideas for lesson content, including discussion themes and ideas.