Respectful Relationships Update
Kolbe Catholic College is excited to introduce the Respectful Relationships Program (RRP) that will be delivered in Pastoral Care in the 2022 school calendar year. The RRP program is a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program that is proven to improve academic outcomes and social relationships as well as benefit personal wellbeing.
SEL learning began in 1994 and was intended to combine student wellbeing and academic outcomes. Since then SEL has provided evidence that recognises its value within Education. SEL prides itself on its evidence based research to achieve results.
Upon recent analysis of schools that incorporate a SEL approach, some outcomes have shown that:
The RRP is based on 5 frameworks
SEL programs in schools provide students with an opportunity to actively build on these skills, however, young people also consolidate their skills in these areas by observing the behaviours of parents, friends, siblings and other influential figures. SEL is best supported when schools, families and communities work together to provide a consistent message.
The school as an institution can further reinforce this learning by creating a community culture that supports the topics and skills being taught in the classroom. A culture that is committed to fostering a sense of belonging and safety and reflects the key messages of acceptance and respect that underpins SEL content allows students a safe space to practice skills on a day to day basis.
All of this can be further supported by keeping families involved in the process, allowing students to transfer skills into the home. Parents can also be great models of behaviours that students are learning about in their classes.
Here is a few examples of how you can implement the Responsible Decision Making framework at home:
SEL sets young people up to form respectful, supportive relationships in both their professional and personal lives. These skills can help us in forming strong connections with others, working collaboratively, enforcing personal boundaries and understanding oneself better. All of these outcomes work towards a higher quality of life.
Please keep an eye out for further communication on SEL and Respectful Relationships through our weekly spotlight series on Facebook and direct message.
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). (2021). The Case for Social and Emotional Learning: Powerpoint template. Retrieved from https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Tb9WundNcsURexo2RTvVGVIVlzD_q9i6Vv4jcNtqZjI/edit#slide=id.g9c42db61ec_84_112