RSE: A focus on healthy relationships

Research evidence suggests we are not doing enough to teach pupils the basics of healthy relationships. Rachael Baker considers how a focus on future relationship skills can ensure meaningful RSE

How can we as educators use relationships and sex education (RSE) to help prepare our learners for their adult relationships?

The Sex Education Forum’s 2021 RSE Poll (SEF, 2022) found that 28% of young people had not learned anything about how to tell if a relationship is healthy from their RSE at school. A further 31% said they had received lessons on this topic but had not learned enough.

Without these skills being taught in the classroom, how can our learners go out into the world and navigate adult relationships with confidence?

The Sex Education Forum recently hosted an event focusing on how educators in special schools can create a meaningful and relevant curriculum for learners by focusing on relationship skills, rather than just facts and knowledge about sex.

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