This diversity and inclusion lesson plan, promotes students to explore identities and their sense of self. Students learn skills and strategies to promote inclusion, equality and respectful relationships.

Year level



60 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies

Social awareness

Relationship skills

Responsible decision-making

Learning intention

Students learn about the skills and strategies that can be used to promote inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships, and those that can be used to manage change and challenges and to seek help.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify how people differ

  • define respectful relationships and inclusivity.

Materials needed

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse and reflect on the influence of values and beliefs on the development of identities (AC9HP8P01)

  • Refine protective behaviours and evaluate community resources to seek help for themselves and others (AC9HP8P08)

  • Investigate strategies that influence how communities value diversity and propose actions they can take to promote inclusion in their communities (AC9HP8P05)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examine and demonstrate the role help-seeking strategies and behaviours play in supporting themselves and others (PD4-2)

  • Investigate effective strategies to promote inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships (PD4-3)

  • Apply and refine interpersonal skills to assist themselves and others to interact respectfully and promote inclusion in a variety of groups or contexts (PD4-10)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities (VCHPEP123)

  • Examine the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity (VCHPEP132)

Intercultural Understanding:

  • Navigating in intercultural contexts

  • Reflecting on culture and cultural diversity

  • Engaging with cultural and linguistic diversity

Personal and Social Capability:

  • Social awareness

    • Appreciate diverse perspectives

    • Understand relationships

  • Self-management

    • Work independently and show initiative

Show details

Activity 1

Brainswarm: All the ways we can be different

15 minutes

Class discussion: differences make us interesting and unique. Exploring and respecting other people’s differences and connecting through similarities enables us to feel safe, to trust others and to express ourselves.

  1. Students use one small index card (5×7) each and a handful of sticky notes.

  2. Students are allocated two minutes to record all the ways we, as humans, can be different. Examples can include sex, sexuality, gender, race, religion and spirituality, where we live, family structure, values, beliefs, culture, language and the types of relationships we have. (Discussion prompts can include friendships and intimate relationships, and opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.)

  3. Invite students to place their card on the classroom wall or designated space for display.

  4. As a group, students explore the cards on display.

  5. Students use sticky notes to vote for cards they agree with. Where students agree, they put their sticky notes on top of the card(s).

  6. As a class, discuss the top three response cards voted for and the benefits of valuing diversity.

Activity 2

Y-Chart: What do respectful relationships look, feel and sound like?

15 minutes

Draw a large Y chart on the board.

  1. Students have one minute to think about what respectful relationships:

    • look like

    • sound like

    • feel like.

  2. After one minute, students share their answers with another student and decide their top three answers for each section and write them on the board.

  3. Whole-group discussion:

    • What does ‘inclusivity’ mean when we talk about relationships?

    • What does ‘equality’ mean when we talk about relationships?

Activity 3

Whole-class discussion: Respecting differences

15 minutes

Teacher highlights the following: We don’t always seem to be able to accept other people’s differences. Sometimes we can be frightened or confused. Discovering and embracing differences builds empathy, mutual respect, trust and respectful relationships.

Activity 4

Placemat activity: Sense of belonging

15 minutes

Teacher highlights the following: Psychosocial development in adolescence is largely based around the need to develop self-belonging and identity. Having a sense of belonging helps to build strong wellbeing. Developing relationships, including respectful intimate relationships, is also part of the transition stage of adolescence.

  1. Students work in groups of four to complete a placemat activity.

  2. Each student is allocated a corner of a blank A3 piece of paper to write down their ideas about what helps to shape a person’s sense of belonging. Students justify their answers by including concrete examples.

  3. After two minutes, students share their thoughts with their group and write down the top responses in the middle box.

  4. Share group answers with the class.


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