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Three falsehoods of the anti-RSE movement

The anti-RSE movement brings with it chilling echoes of the political discourse that led to the introduction of Section 28. Laura Coryton on why the politically motivated RSE row threatens the safety of our students


The new relationships, sex, and health education (RSHE) curriculum (DfE, 2019) was established in 2020 to keep students safe, after decades of campaigning.

For the first time in UK history, it ensured important topics were mandatory in all schools, including consent, body autonomy, and how to recognise and combat coercive behaviours.

Many schools have worked so hard to embrace this curriculum. However, teachers have been put in a challenging position as a political “row”, fueled by the media, has unnecessarily jeopardised this curriculum and compounded prejudices – and in doing so has risked the safety of young people across the country. Here’s how teachers can overcome this.

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