The Expect Respect Programme


What is Expect Respect?


It is a toolkit of interactive lesson plans to promote healthy relationships for students from Reception to Year 13. Each session follows the same format which is active, fun and challenging.


Each session includes:

  • A warm up activity
  • Main Lesson
  • Plenary


Each session stands alone and is approximately one hour in length and Lighthouse provides all the resources required.


The Expect Respect Programme has been specifically designed to be delivered in schools in collaboration with the Home Office and Women’s Aid Federation of England, as part of the PSHE programme.



What does Expect Respect deliver? And what will students experience?
Expect Respect Covers:


  • The right to be respected in all our relationships
  • Managing feelings and accepting responsibility for our own feelings and behaviour
  • Helping to resolve conflict
  • Changing beliefs and attitudes about men and women
  • Challenging assumptions about gender and power
  • Knowing the difference between abusive and non-abusive relationships
  • The consistent message that abuse is not acceptable
  • Understanding that abuse is a crime
  • What is consent
  • Highlighting the role of peers in providing support
  • Giving information about where to get help


Why should Expect Respect be delivered in schools?

Recent studies have concluded the following:

  • 33% of girls and 16% of boys reported some form of sexual abuse
  • 25% of girls and 18% of boys reported some form of physical relationship abuse
  • 75% of girls and 50% of boys reported some form of emotional relationship abuse
  • 1 in 2 boys and 1 in 3 girls think it is ok to sometimes hit a women or force her to have sex
  • According to the NSPCC, young people do not recognise psychological or financial abuse, and social and physical control as violence, and so do not think they are in an abusive relationship because they associate domestic violence with physical violence (source NSPCC 2009)


What Lighthouse can offer


Lighthouse Women’s Aid is a Suffolk based charity which has nearly 40 year’s experience of working with women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

We Can Offer Suffolk Schools:

  • Women’s Aid Schools Advocates (WASAs) who are able to deliver Expect Respect, working alongside teachers to introduce and embed healthy relationships into their curriculum and school ethos
  • On-going support and advice to help resolve the concerns of young people who may be experiencing unhealthy relationships or have been affected by them
  • Support for school staff to safeguard the welfare of their students and themselves

For more details or to arrange an Expect Respect Programme in your school please call 01473 228 274 or email


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