Staff involved in the delivery of Life Ready should have demonstrated expertise in the course content, skills in engaging and interacting with young people and a commitment to the intended outcomes of the course.
Staff involved in the planning and delivery of Life Ready can be PDHPE teachers, Year Advisors, School Counsellors, Careers Advisors or any staff who have:
- a strong understanding of the current and evolving issues and challenges young people in their school may experience, and the kinds of attitudes and behaviours young people are demonstrating
- experience and expertise in using interactive and participatory learning and teaching methods, such as discussion, case studies, scenarios, role plays and group work
- a strong rapport with students and the capacity to promote an effective and supportive learning environment.
In some instances, principals may choose to use an external provider or guest presenter with specific expertise to supplement a specific component of Life Ready.
Before the external provider is engaged, principals should:
- consider the expertise and approaches of external providers or individuals carefully
- make decisions about the use of these groups in an informed way
- review and assess the materials and delivery methods.
External providers delivering Life Ready must be:
- familiar with the outcomes and stage appropriate content
- familiar with the school’s local context
- offering services which are age appropriate and relevant to students’ needs
- integrated into the school’s existing Life Ready program to add value.
Use the Engaging external providers for curriculum implementation guidelines to determine the appropriateness of external providers for your school context and student cohort.
Some schools may access events, forums, external seminar days or camps to supplement their Life Ready program. Research suggests that one-off events are ineffective on their own. Teaching and learning activities before and after the event are needed to contextualise and supplement student learning.
Principals should consider the following when considering the use of these events as part of the Life Ready program.
- What is the learning focus and purpose of the event? How will it supplement the teaching and learning as part of the school’s Life Ready program?
- What are the main messages of the event? Do they reflect the Life Ready principles and reinforce messages through the content?
- How will teaching and learning activities be provided before and after the event and linked to the Life Ready content?
- Is counselling support and debriefing required before, during and after the event and how will this be managed?