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Safe Schools review findings: experts respond

David Rhodes and other experts respond in The Conversation (18.3.16) to the federal government’s review and then revision of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.

‘After a three-week debacle, the findings of the review into the opt-in Safe Schools Coalition program are out. The review has proposed to limit the anti-bullying program to secondary schools only.

‘Education Minister Simon Birmingham said:We will be making it clear that the program resources are fit for delivery in secondary school environments only.”

‘It found that a number of the resources had lessons and content not necessarily appropriate for all children and has called for schools to seek parental consent for student participation in program lessons or activities.

‘So what do academic experts make of the review? We ask what these findings mean for schools and their students.’

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