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.

Sexuality and Sex

Sexuality and Sex


  • Why this chapter?
  • A return to identity
  • Sexuality
  • An explanation of sexuality and the need not to explain one’s sexuality
  • The campaigning paradox
  • Key Stage 1 Sex Education (age 5–7 years)
  • Key Stage 2 Sex Education (age 7–11 years)
  • Key Stage 3 Sex Education (age 11–14 years)
  • Key Stage 4 Sex Education (age 14–16 years)
  • Conclusion

Chapter objectives

  • To understand the counterparts of sexuality: social identity, behaviour/ practice and fantasy/desire.
  • To appreciate that sexuality does not need a justification: it is what it is.
  • To understand the campaigning paradox for equal rights.
  • To consider the role of appropriate sex education across the Key Stages.
  • To examine effective practises of effective sex education.

Why this chapter?

If you have been reading from the start, and not skipped straight to this chapter, you may be thinking ‘Finally, ...

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