Guide to the RSHE consultation
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by Lucy Emmerson
1M ago
A public consultation on the Government’s draft RSHE (relationships, sex and health education) guidance is running from 16 May to 11 July 2024. This is an important opportunity for young people, educators, parents and carers and members of the public to review the proposals and help shape the final statutory guidance.    Our response to the consultation Sex Education Forum has shared the answers we plan to submit, along with our justifications in a guide available to download below. Some of the key points we’re making in our consultation response are that: Regular updates to the RS ..read more
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What the draft Government RSHE guidance means and what next
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by Lucy Emmerson
1M ago
Sex Education Forum Chief Executive, Lucy Emmerson explains what the Department for Education’s draft RSHE guidance means for educators and what’s next. When relationships and sex education (RSE) became mandatory five years ago it was widely supported in Parliament as a safeguarding tool, with broad, cross-party support.  Young people are starting to benefit from this protective curriculum, with 50% saying their RSE is ‘good’ or ‘very good’ in our poll of 16 and 17 years olds earlier this year. Our annual polling shows that RSE satisfaction amongst young people has improved year on ..read more
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Young people turn to online sources for RSE information
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by Genevieve Brooks-Johnson
3M ago
MEDIA RELEASE - 11 April 2024 50% of young people report their RSE provision as good or very good – the highest number since polling began Yet only 43% of students feel personally represented and included by RSE Young people are turning elsewhere to learn: 22% say online options are their main source of information on pornography; 15% say their main source is pornography itself Young people are calling on Government to improve teacher confidence in provision (57%) and flexibility for schools to cover topics at the age that their students need (52%) A nationwide poll of young people’s ..read more
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Young people are calling to protect LGBT inclusion in Relationships Education - and we must listen
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by Lucy Emmerson
4M ago
By Lucy Emmerson, Chief Executive, Sex Education Forum  Two duelling petitions on whether or not LGBT content should be included in relationships, sex, and health education (RSHE) have made it to Parliament for debate today. But from where I stand, LGBT provision in RSHE isn’t up for debate: it is a fact that our young people need and demand  LGBT-inclusive lessons. When Government made RSHE statutory in 2017, it was in an effort to ensure children and young people were given all the information they need to “lead happy, safe, and healthy lives and to foster respect for other people ..read more
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Answering tricky questions
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by Nicky Waring
4M ago
Picture the scene: You're teaching about the changing adolescent body and a Year 5 child asks, “How are babies made?”  Questions like these can feel tricky for multiple reasons. Below we walk through some of the common concerns in relation to questions that might bridge health, science, relationships and sex education.   I’m not prepared!   An unexpected question can throw even the most experienced of us. For those moments, I find this mental checklist helpful:  Compose – Take a breath to gather your thoughts, you can buy yourself time by thanking or praisin ..read more
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Innovative new project to train up foster carers on RSE
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by Lucy Emmerson
5M ago
On World Care Day 2024, Sex Education Forum are excited to announce the launch of a new project that will develop and deliver Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) training to foster carers.   About the new project  The Sex Education Forum is working in partnership with three local areas in England. Leeds City Council, Wandsworth Borough Council and NSPCC Together for Childhood Plymouth are acting as trailblazers in embarking on this new project to bring RSE front and centre to their foster carers.  The training content has been coproduced with cared for and care experienc ..read more
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Why is it so important to start teaching about consent and privacy with key stage 1 children?  
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by Nicky Waring
6M ago
Women’s Aid recently carried out research, surveying both young adults (18-24 years old) and school-aged children (KS2-4) on their understanding of relationships and consent. The study pointed to some troubling gaps in understanding:  Only 47% of children in Key Stage 2 could select the correct definition for ‘unsafe relationships’ and 61% knew the correct definition of ‘unwanted touch’.  Almost a quarter of the young people aged 18-25 years disagreed or strongly disagreed with this statement, ‘You should always have consent from your partner to have sex when you are in a rela ..read more
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Sex Education Forum partners with Make It Mandatory
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by Lucy Emmerson
6M ago
Sex Education Forum and youth-led organization Make it Mandatory are delighted to announce the formation of a brand new partnership for 2024. Our collaboration aims to improve, include and extend relationships and sex education (RSE) with and for young people.  The new partnership builds on our ambition to put young people at the centre of work on RSE. Make it Mandatory is a group of friends, who formed a grassroots social action group built around a RSE campaign objective from founder Faustine Petron, calling for RSE to be extended to ages 16-19 and to include teaching about domestic ab ..read more
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Gender Questioning Children - non-statutory draft guidance for schools and colleges published by Department for Education today for 12-week consultation
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by Rachael Baker
7M ago
Today, the Department for Education published its draft non-statutory guidance for schools and colleges about children questioning their gender. A consultation has also been published which closes on 12 March 2024. The Sex Education Forum will look closely at the proposals in the draft guidance and identify any possible impact on the delivery and provision of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in schools. In early 2024, we will consult with our Partners to reach a position that reflects the collective expertise of the wider sector, ahead of submitting a response to the consultation. The Se ..read more
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Choosing and using RSE resources – 12 top tips
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by Nicky Waring
7M ago
As in any subject, the resources we use to teach RSE are fundamental – they are the vehicle through which we engage, communicate with and inspire our learners. Whether it be cloth anatomically correct dolls or a ‘puberty kit’ containing personal hygiene products, they allow learners to explore key concepts, enable us to include all learners by enhancing communication and can be used as assessment tools. But how, as educators, do you know which resources to use? Sex Education Forum have put together a list of resources aimed at learners with SEND as a starting point, but before turning to the ..read more
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