Expect Respect

Expect Respect

Target population: Universal programme for all pupils.

Number of pupils: Whole class workshop or identified groups

Duration: 1 hour lesson

School to provide: Suitable room



The Expect Respect Education Toolkit by Women’s Aid contains a one hour lesson for each year of school from Reception to Year 13.

These lessons can help schools challenge the myths that perpetuate domestic abuse and support children to seek help and safety whilst modelling and promoting healthy, non-violent relationships.  Each lesson is designed to be active, fun and engaging but also challenging. Whilst not all of the lesson plans raise domestic abuse directly, they have been written using themes found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse.

The content specifically covers:

  • Challenging assumptions about gender, power and equality
  • Changing beliefs and attitudes about men and women
  • Managing feelings and accepting responsibility for one’s own feelings and behaviour
  • Helping to resolve conflict
  • Knowing the difference between abusive and non-abusive relationships
  • Promoting the consistent message that abuse is not acceptable
  • Understanding that domestic abuse is a crime
  • Highlighting the role of peers in providing support
  • Giving information about where to get help