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A series focusing on the changes to Relationships and Sex Education in English schools. The show is hosted by Dr Polly Haste, in partnership with sexual health and well-being charity, Brook. Together they probe the questions and dilemmas facing teachers and share the experiences and expertise of those working in the sector. Guests include teachers, researchers, policy makers, health professionals, resource producers, trainers and young people. Content is aimed at teachers and support staff in primary, secondary and special schools and is relevant to anyone interested in Relationships and Sex Education.

A series focusing on the changes to Relationships and Sex Education in English schools. The show is hosted by Dr Polly Haste, in partnership with sexual health and well-being charity, Brook. Together they probe the questions and dilemmas facing teachers and share the experiences and expertise of those working in the sector. Guests include teachers, researchers, policy makers, health professionals, resource producers, trainers and young people. Content is aimed at teachers and support staff in primary, secondary and special schools and is relevant to anyone interested in Relationships and Sex Education.

Location:

United States

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A series focusing on the changes to Relationships and Sex Education in English schools. The show is hosted by Dr Polly Haste, in partnership with sexual health and well-being charity, Brook. Together they probe the questions and dilemmas facing teachers and share the experiences and expertise of those working in the sector. Guests include teachers, researchers, policy makers, health professionals, resource producers, trainers and young people. Content is aimed at teachers and support staff in primary, secondary and special schools and is relevant to anyone interested in Relationships and Sex Education.

Language:

English


Episodes

Creative Approaches to RSHE with Alice Hoyle, Dr Ester McGeeney and Yasemin Crouch

9/9/2021
Find out how to liven up your RSE with new ideas from Alice Hoyle and Dr Ester McGeeney, authors of 'Great Relationships and Sex Education'. They explain why being more creative with RSE can help students engage with some of the trickier topics and bring an important element of fun to the classroom. Art teacher Yasemin Crouch shares her experience of exploring gender and sexuality through teaching about art and artists.

Duration:00:27:27

In Focus: Digital learning with It Happens Education

7/30/2021
The challenges of lockdown meant that many schools chose not to teach RSHE remotely. For those that did, there were some surprising and unexpected results. Amy Forbes-Robertson and Laura White from It Happens Education explain how they adapted their services for digital learning and why the pandemic has meant that they are busier than ever. They share tips on safeguarding, chat functions and parent webinars and discuss what this period of exploration and discovery means for the future of...

Duration:00:26:26

In Focus: Coordinating across a MAT with Kate Atkins

10/19/2020
How do you fit excellent RSE into a tight timetable? How can schools with very different starting points deliver the same RSE programme? What does ‘working together’ look like when it comes to RSE? This episode focuses on the challenge of coordinating RSE across different schools within a Multi-Academy Trust. We hear from Kate Atkins, Head of Primary Phase at The Litcham School about how she worked with senior leaders, teachers and parents to ensure a consistent and evidence-based approach...

Duration:00:33:49

In Focus: Colourism with Jemmar Sammuels

8/25/2020
The Truetube documentary 'What do you mean I can't change the world?' focuses on Jemmar Sammuels’ experience of colourism. In this episode, Jemmar explains why it was so important to tell her story and how bullying due to dark skin tone affected her education and her mental health. She explains why teachers need to talk about colourism and how her involvement with the Advocacy Academy enabled her to turn her experience in to something positive through activism. Links: Truetube - What do...

Duration:00:29:06

6. Abortion

7/20/2020
The RSHE guidance states that all pupils should leave secondary school having learnt about abortion. Abortion is one of the most routine medical procedures in the UK, but is still heavily stigmatised and research shows that it is rarely taught as part of RSE. This episode unpicks the myths and misconceptions around abortion and highlights resources to ensure information is 'medially and legally accurate'. Guests explore the evidence and look beyond ethical dilemmas to show why abortion is a...

Duration:00:43:56

In Focus: Trans inclusion with Allsorts Youth Project

7/10/2020
Ben Drew and Colin Lievens from LGBT youth project Allsorts, share their perspectives on what inclusion looks like and what makes a difference to young trans people in schools. We discuss pronouns, how to respond to the media coverage, and what it is like to grow up in a trans inclusive school environment.

Duration:00:29:40

In Focus: RSE Teacher of the Year Jo Morgan

7/7/2020
Jo Morgan, Head of Pupil Wellbeing at Portsmouth Grammar School is the winner of the 2020 RSE Teaching Awards in the secondary category. In this episode Jo talks about her passion for RSE, how she transformed the curriculum and why she never stops learning when it comes to RSE. Hear Jo's tips on planning, assessment, inclusion, pupil consultation, using 3-D models and how to bust myths and tackle taboos in the classroom.

Duration:00:25:12

In Focus: RSE Day with Catherine Kirk

7/3/2020
RSE Day 2020 was an action-packed, live-streamed event featuring artists, performers, teachers, local councillors and celebrities, all coming together to celebrate healthy relationships. The theme was 'Books I love about love' and stories, poetry and literature were a key focus of the day. Hear founder Catherine Kirk talk about why celebrating RSE is so important and experience some of the interactive performances in an edited compilation. This years celebration was delivered in partnership...

Duration:00:22:39

In Focus: Sexual Health with Dr Eleanor Draeger

6/30/2020
Need a knowledge top-up for teaching sexual health? The 'In Focus' series brings the expertise to you. In this episode we hear from experienced sexual health doctor, medical writer and RSE trainer, Dr Eleanor Draeger. Find out more about cervical mucus, U=U, stealthing, and all the different places that STIs like to live.

Duration:00:27:00

5. LGBT+ inclusive RSHE

6/29/2020
The new statutory guidance on Relationships, Sex and Health Education states that the new subjects should meet the needs of all pupils and that LGBT inclusion should be fully integrated. This is in line with the Equality Act 2010, but the language in the guidance is vague and its not exactly clear what this means in practice. In this episode we explore why LGBT inclusion matters and how it links to schools wider equalities work. Guests share practical tips on intersectionality, how to talk...

Duration:00:49:19

4. Sexual Health

6/8/2020
From September 2020, all secondary schools in England will be required to teach about intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health. Data shows that this new content is urgently needed, but with major cuts to support services, and most teachers lacking specialist training, how are they to deliver this new content? This episode explores what young people need to learn, why anatomy always comes first and how to ensure teaching is inclusive. Guests: Louise Carrington, Director...

Duration:00:45:24

3. Pornography

5/19/2020
With greater access than ever before, and a growing number of young people saying they are regular consumers, what does it mean to teach about pornography in the classroom? In this episode, we look at what schools are now required to teach about pornography and explore some of the methods and approaches that can be used. Guests: Vanessa Rogers, Emma ChanNathaniel Cole For more information about this episode and a full list of resources: https://www.sexeddiaries.org/episode-details

Duration:00:46:13

2. The Primary Problem. Do we still need Sex Education?

5/18/2020
New guidance for schools on teaching relationships, sex and health education paints a confusing picture for primary schools. Sex education is not compulsory but it is ‘recommended’ with almost no information about what this should include. Are schools left to fill in the gaps themselves? In this episode we explore what the new requirements mean for primary schools and how they should decide what sex education is, and whether/when it should be taught. Guests: Dougie BoydSam BealIsabel...

Duration:00:38:42

1. RSE ABC. What does statutory status mean for schools?

5/18/2020
From September 2020, Relationships, Sex and Health Education will be statutory in English schools. After decades of campaigning, this is the first time that all schools will be required to teach these subjects. In this first episode we find out what new RSHE guidance really means for schools and guests explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Guests: Lucy EmmersonAnna MartinezJuliet Henry,Catherine KirkDougie BoydProfessor Julia Hirst, For a full list of resources featured...

Duration:00:42:50