Relationships and Sex Education
This online course introduces the new guidance for Relationships Education in primary schools, which is statutory from September 2020. It also makes a case for an inclusive approach to the subject, including Sex Education in age and stage appropriate ways. It has been developed jointly by members of academic staff at Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Worcester.
The course is structured using bite-sized videos, each of around ten minutes duration. You can pause the videos at any point if you need a break or wish to take time to reflect on their content.
Session 1 Policy (in two sections)
Richard Woolley explores key messages from the new statutory guidance for the development of policy in schools including a model for structuring the curriculum and a focus on the Equality Act (2010).
Session 2 Principles
Sacha Mason explores key principles to under pin the development of both policy and the curriculum in primary schools, with a focus on facilitating pupil voice, meeting the needs of children and addressing their questions.
Session 3 Practice
Richard Woolley begins to explore how to develop an inclusive and accepting environment in schools, focussing on the use of high quality children’s picture books to represent a broad range of family relationships.
Session 4 Practice
Victoria Pugh explores strategies for developing Relationships Education in primary schools, considering what constitutes high quality and effective practice to support children’s learning.
COMING SOON Session 5: Growing up with Yasmine and Tom
Natika H Halil, Executive Director of the FPA, introduces this resource which is accredited by the PSHE Association.
Dr Sacha Mason is a Principal Lecturer and Head of Programmes for Education and Lifelong Learning at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. Her research and publications explore Relationships and Sex Education in primary schools, including a distinctive focus “being brave” as a pedagogical approach.
Victoria Pugh is a Senior Lecturer in PSHE and RSE in the Department for Primary Education at the University of Worcester. She joined the university in 2017 following a fifteen year career in primary schools in the UK and overseas. She has worked as a Specialist Leader of Education for PSHE creating networks across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Richard Woolley is Professor of Education and Inclusion and Deputy Head of the School of Education at the University of Worcester. His teaching and research interests focus on tackling controversial issues in primary education, particularly addressing the concerns of student teachers, with a focus on Relationships Education and issues relating to diversity and equality.
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