Silence on sexual harassment in schools

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Motion #44
Carried as amended
  • Executive Committee

THAT Conference is extremely concerned at the high numbers of students who report that they have experienced sexual harassment in schools. While some schools may address these issues, quietly on an individual basis, there is a lack of school policy and Government policy that address the issues of sexual harassment faced by students at school. Schools need to adapt in order to address these issues within the school RSE curriculum. The National Education Union should represent a collective voice on this matter when the national curriculum for RSE is being developed.

Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council:

(i) create a report looking into how schools tackle sexual harassment in schools, and share best practices that emerge on how to educate our students on these issues

(ii) offer guidance for schools on how they can address these issues in their school behaviour policies

(iii) recommend resources for schools to discuss the issue of sexual harassment within the RSE curriculum for schools. This is necessary to help students who have experienced sexual harassment manage the onslaught of news about sexual harassment also seen in the media.