Sexual Health Education for Life: the PDHPE Curriculum for Students with Disability

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Course description

This course is for primary and secondary school teachers who deliver sexual health and relationships education to students with an intellectual disability and/or autism.

The course explores myths and barriers and their impact on people with disability, building relationship skills, positive sexuality, safety, curriculum planning, strategies for teaching and talking about aspects of sexuality with students and ideas for working with families. Participants will also have the opportunity to view and use a range of current sexual health and relationships education resources that can be adapted for different learners, including resources for non-verbal students.

Topics include:

  • Holistic approaches to sexuality
  • Society and culture: messages about sexuality and disability
  • Scoping and sequencing
  • Teaching strategies and resources
  • Using sexuality resources with students with intellectual disability and/or autism
  • Working with parents and carers
  • Answering challenging questions
  • Action planning

This course has been developed in consultation with NSW Department of Education and is aligned with the Life Skills outcomes of the NSW PDHPE syllabus.

Who should attend?

Teachers and School Learning Support Officers working with primary and secondary school students with intellectual disability and/or autism

Course structure

Face-to-Face Workshop: one day course

Interactive webinar series: three online workshops of 1 hour and 30 minutes each plus a 30 minute pre workshop activity to be completed prior to each webinar.

Eligibility / Prerequisite

Applicants should have prior work experience teaching students with disability.



Recognition / Accreditation

Participants who attend the whole day face-to-face workshop, or attend all three webinars and complete the three pre workshop activities, will receive a Statement of Attendance.

The content of this course aligns with standard descriptors 1.1.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2, 2.2.2, 3.7.2, and 4.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Further information

Contact: Course Administration Unit, Education Services

Phone: (02) 8752 4300 press 1 for Education Services


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