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.

Gender and Sexology Through the Ages

Gender and Sexology Through the Ages


  • Why this chapter?
  • Timeline
  • Hate crimes
  • The significance of Stonewall
  • Section 28
  • Putting this in context within schools
  • Conclusion


  • To be aware that the history surrounding gender and sexology is as old as civilisation.
  • To understand key developments affecting gender and sexology.
  • To appreciate the continued suppression of gender and sexology.
  • To understand what is meant by a bias incident and a hate crime.
  • To understand the significance of Section 28 and how this has resonated through schools to today.

Why this chapter?

While the initial chapters have provided a model for relationships and sex education, it would be useful to highlight the development of key themes to demonstrate how concepts of gender and sexuality have evolved before we progress to the later chapters which ...

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