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.

Policy, Guidance and Signposting for Teachers

Policy, Guidance and Signposting for Teachers


  • Why this chapter?
  • RSE 2020 as it stands
  • Developing a policy: Prescribed content
  • Conclusion

Chapter objectives

  • To understand what the RSE 2020 policy is and why it has been developed.
  • To appreciate a range of implications for developing a school’s RSE policy.
  • To consider the relevant content and coverage for different key stages and age groups.
  • To understand what is required of a school policy on RSE.
  • To understand the legal requirements for RSE 2020.

Why this chapter?

Please be honest. When was the last time you consulted your school’s policy on inclusion, or indeed, any other policy for that matter? You may know where to find the policies; however, do you tend to just follow the same procedures as everybody else? Consider ...

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