Update: How you teach ‘Consent’
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by Tasha Mansley
3w ago
Looking beyond the individual By Tasha Mansley, Education and Programmes Manager at Split Banana Talking about “consent” in many schools has turned into a bit of a tick box exercise, and after yet another assembly on the topic, students are left rolling their eyes. Why then, are there still such high rates of sexual and gender based violence in UK schools (Gov, 2023)? As with many old school approaches to RSE, the default has often been to focus on policing individual behaviour, with a lack of awareness of how these behaviours are produced by a wider culture (Setty, Ringrose and Hunt, 2024). I ..read more
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Helping a friend with their mental health
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by Anna Alexander
1M ago
Everyone has good days and bad days; it’s part of being human. The important thing to know is how to make the most of the good days and how to look after yourself on the bad days. This will look different for everyone and might include things like sleeping enough, doing things we enjoy, or being mindful. To read more about these, have a look at our tips on ‘How to Improve Mental Health’. We can’t do this by ourselves. A big part of feeling well in ourselves is being able to have happy, healthy relationships with others and to feel like we belong somewhere. This isn’t always easy, especially w ..read more
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The online world in 2024: how to navigate the unknown
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by Anna Alexander
2M ago
Ideas + tips for educators It can feel difficult knowing how to educate young people about the online world when their experiences of it are so drastically different from those most educators had when growing up. Some of us were lucky to have MSN on a family desktop, whereas now 93% of teens are on social media, 76% are gaming, and 77% of children go online to do their homework. Trends and risks are constantly changing, and lesson plans become quickly outdated. This is why a focus on skills-based education is key. Recognise the complexity We've seen time and again that it isn't helpful when ad ..read more
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Frequently Asked Questions about Relationships and Sex Education
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by Anna Alexander
4M ago
Improving information and discussion around Relationships and Sex Education helps foster safe spaces for young people. Since the mandatory implementation of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) in 2020 educators may have faced increased inquiries from parents about the curriculum's content, timing, and rationale. Asking questions and having open conversations with parents is key to making RSE accessible and less controversial. The last review of these curriculum areas occurred 20 years ago, and since then, young people have faced new, bigger challenges than we could have imagined. Young peopl ..read more
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Talking to boys about body image
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by Anna Alexander
5M ago
(and how we can do better) At 2.50 pm on a hot Friday in July, I was sitting in the Humanities' office, counting down the minutes until freedom. I heard a dreaded knock on the door: a student had been sent out of his class. Could I move him? Too exhausted to take him to another classroom, I tell Wafiq to pull up a chair and tell me why he's been sent out. He said he'd been picked on by his teacher for sharing his beliefs. I ask him what these beliefs are. His response is 'that Andrew Tate is a good role model'. I take a deep breath in and exhale slowly. This was the summer term of 2023, and A ..read more
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5 Key Moments in the History of Families
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by Anna Alexander
6M ago
How families have changed in the last 100 Years. Families play a vital role in all of our lives. The last 100 years has seen the most advancement in our family units, how we create them, how we talk about them and how the law + society recognise their status. New forms of families have become possible through technological developments, changing social attitudes, and more representative policies and legislations for families. Most significantly, we see changes for LGBT+ parents and those using assisted reproduction. Non-normative, non-traditional families were legally recognised during this ti ..read more
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How can I support my teenager’s learning about relationships and sex?
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by Anna Alexander
8M ago
A guide for parents, guardians and caregivers of teenagers Watching our children transition into teens and adulthood is a privilege. Watching them grow into happy individuals with healthy relationships is even better. These transformations can bring amazing - yet complex - issues for your teen and can feel overwhelming for everyone involved. We know that most parents, caregivers and guardians (for the readability of the blog, we'll refer to this expansive group as parents from now on) are keen to support their teenager's learning, because educating our children helps them make the right decis ..read more
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8 Mental Health Tips for Parents + Educators
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by Tasha Mansley
9M ago
How might we describe mental health? In our creative workshops for young people, we describe mental health as “how a person’s mind and wellbeing is” and we recognise that “it affects emotional (how we feel), psychological (how we think), and social (how we act) well-being”. We normalise that they will probably feel a mixture of comfortable and uncomfortable emotions daily and that there will be good weeks alongside more difficult ones. Because of this, our role as educators is to build their emotional literacy: to identify how they are feeling and why, and reflect on whether there is anything ..read more
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Trans-inclusive RSE is under threat: What can you do?
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by Lilli Chambers
10M ago
RSE in the headlines In case you haven’t been following, a lot has been going on in the world of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). We’ve experienced media backlash, seen misinformation being shared and are witnessing a total politicisation of the subject. We love - and are proud of - the work we do at SB. But we’ve been operating amidst an extremely challenging backdrop. To be totally honest, it’s been quite an overwhelming time for our team. The topics we cover - things like relationships, identity, sex, body image, consent to name a few - are emotive and personal. To have our work and a ..read more
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Healthy Conversations to have with Young Men
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by Lilli Chambers
11M ago
A blog for educators, parents and caregivers, written by Donny, an SB facilitator I’m Donny (he/him), one of Split Banana’s relationship and sex educators. I’ve been in classrooms for a long time, and I’ve been a man for much longer. I’ve worked with kids in a wide range of spaces, including in sex and relationship education. Contrary to some popular discourse, I think it’s an exceptionally hard time to be a guy. That isn’t to diminish the violence that women and trans people experience. But I’ve spent the last 10 years in classrooms with young men, and I’ve seen that they experience pressing ..read more
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