Love is in the air: how should schools teach kids about sex and relationships?

Love is in the air: how should schools teach kids about sex and relationships?
February 5, 2019 Biglife Admin

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it seems like a good time to emphasise the need for quality relationships and sex education (RSE) for children in schools, in order to enable them to enjoy safe, healthy, happy friendships and romantic relationships throughout their lives.

 

From 2020 the Department for Education (DfE)’s new RSE curriculum will become compulsory in all schools … but what does this actually mean? And until then what should schools be teaching?

 

Schools that already provide, or are ready to teach, high quality RSE by September 2019 are being encouraged to do so (or continue to do so). The deadline of September 2020 for the statutory requirement is to give schools the time to get their provision right. But many are wondering how to do this while entrenched in budget cuts and lack of staff?

 

In many schools the provision of high quality RSE will depend on investment in training or the use of external providers. That’s where platforms, such as the Big Life Project, become invaluable. We provide high quality RSE lesson plans, all written by experts in accordance with the suggested learning outcomes from the PSHE association guidance, at very little cost per student.

 

Our Sex and Relationships module includes the following topics, and more:

  • Contraception, condom use and negotiation
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Consent
  • Sexting and the law
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Body Image, stereotypes and the media

 

If teachers are being expected to deliver a subject that is not their specialist subject but one that is as important and vast as relationships and sex education, they are going to need clear guidance and resources, such as the ones we provide.

 

 

 

The new RSE curriculum guidance expects secondary schools to cover a broad scope of factual knowledge that is needed to support good sexual health, such as contraceptive choices, facts and choices around pregnancy, and information and facts on sexually transmitted infections.

 

This factual knowledge is supported by a focus on moral guidance, such as consent – in particular how to communicate consent and recognise when consent is being given or withdrawn by others. The aim is to enable young people to make informed decisions about their happiness, health, wellbeing and relationships, and to give them the confidence to do so independently.

 

There is also a focus on addressing the characteristics of positive and healthy respectful relationships, including friendships, both on and off-line.

 

Online relationships are regularly at the forefront of media discussions these days as young people’s lives are often dominated by their online activities. Our lessons cover the impact of harmful online content and discuss the social, legal and emotional consequences of the digital age.

 

We believe that all young people have the right to quality relationships and sex education and that the sooner we start to educate them the more likely they are to enjoy safe, healthy, respectful relationships in their adult lives.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help your school in providing high-quality relationships and sex education in accordance with the new RSE curriculum guidance for your students, please get in touch to book an online demo of our platform.

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