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RSHE: Teaching consent effectively

Consent is an issue that many teachers can find difficult to tackle as part of RSHE, and yet it is a vital topic to teach given the endemic problems of sexual harassment and violence. Luke Ramsden looks at consent education for different ages

At the time of writing, the government has announced the expected national review of the relationships, sex, and health education (RSHE) curriculum (DfE, 2023).

The review was always due to take place this year and while recent stories of inappropriate lessons are, at least partly, being overstated by some MPs, it is clear that teachers up and down the country need more support and training in delivering this curriculum.

There are many excellent resources available for RSE online, but some resources are better than others. And there is currently no definitive way for a school to quality-assure many of the lessons that might be being taken for use from the internet.

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