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Reading with Consent


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In early 2021, in the wake of the global #MeToo movement, an online petition in Australia generated more than 500 testimonies from school students, depicting experiences of sexual assault during their time at school and asking for more emphasis to be given to consent education in secondary schools.

In response, the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) advised that consent education would be introduced into the Australian curriculum in holistic, age-appropriate ways.

This event explores research conducted by the Literary Education Lab (University of Melbourne) in collaboration with the Stella Prize. The ‘Reading Consent’ report looks at the ways high school English curriculum can best highlight diverse perspectives on issues of consent, and demonstrates that the teaching of literature is an important site for consent education.

At this in-conversation event, young adult author and report contributor Rebecca Lim, high school English teacher Antony Monteleone, and Emeritus Professor in the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education Helen Cahill, will join the report’s lead author Professor Larissa McLean Davies to discuss its findings. Panellists will consider the implications of this research for pre-service English teacher preparation and in-service professional learning, as well as the support that teachers need to lead conversations about consent in English classrooms.

Join us to explore the intersections of literacy and consent, and the untapped potential of high school English to shape students’ experiences of power and consent.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the Stella Prize & the Literary Education Lab.

This event will be also live-streamed on our YouTube channel.

Please note Cath Moore will no longer be appearing at this event.

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Please note Cath Moore will no longer be appearing at this event.

Helen Cahill

Emeritus Professor Helen Cahill leads a body of research addressing child and youth wellbeing. She has developed a number of disaster recovery, violence-reduction, social and emotional learning, gender rights, sexuality, and drug education programs for use in schools and community settings in Austra... Read more

Rebecca Lim

Rebecca Lim is an Australian writer, illustrator, editor and lawyer. She is the author of over twenty books, including The Astrologer’s Daughter (a Kirkus Best Book of 2015 and CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers), Wraith and the internationally bestselling Mercy. Her work has been shortlisted... Read more

Antony Monteleone

Antony Monteleone is a secondary school teacher in the outer west of Melbourne. A teacher of English, Literature and History whose passion is working with students to see education as an authentic and liberating experience. He is also passionate about advocating for a diverse range of Australian lit... Read more

Larissa McLean Davies

Larissa McLean Davies is Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research is concerned with the education of teachers across the career span, and specifically with how disciplinary knowledge is understood in the context of decolonising curricula imperatives. Larissa has pu... Read more


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