Sex and gender are delicate and nuanced issues for all of us and can be intimidating topics to teach. This practical, empathetic book aims to dispel some of the uncertainties that many teachers have and empower them to lead inclusive, age-appropriate lessons in primary and secondary schools. Taking an approach that celebrates the individual identity of all learners, and underpinned by an awareness of the complexity of language around these topics, this book offers a careful evaluation of the 2020 Relationship and Sex Education policy for schools in England, and how schools can offer intelligent, socially responsible, sex education that goes beyond simply meeting statutory requirements.




  • Why this chapter?
  • Is there anything normal about ‘norms’?
  • Our responsibility to the new generation
  • Cultural values
  • Education and relationships
  • Representation and inclusion of all groups
  • Conclusions

Chapter objectives

  • To understand the link between the self and relationships.
  • To critically consider what a ‘norm’ is.
  • To consider our responsibilities to the new generation in teaching about healthy relationships.
  • To appreciate the affect of cultural values on the developing student.
  • To understand the role of education in teaching about relationships.
  • To consider appropriate representation and inclusion of all groups when teaching about relationships.
  • To consider four strategies for developing a supporting educational environment.

Why this chapter?

Presumably you are reading this book based on your interest in LGBTQI+-inclusive Relationship and Sex Education. We may not, so far, be taking quite the form you imagined, in that we started the ...

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