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.

Establishing a Safe Learning and Teaching Space

Establishing a Safe Learning and Teaching Space


  • Why this chapter?
  • Creating loving spaces
  • Planning and running your RSE lesson blocks
  • Scenario A: The personal question
  • Scenario B: The religious/moral debate
  • Scenario C: Managing embarrassment and preventing shame
  • Scenario D: The complicated question

Chapter objectives

  • To understand how a supportive context can be provided for teaching RSE.
  • To comprehend the seven steps for planning and running RSE teaching blocks.
  • To appreciate how various common scenarios may be approached.

Why this chapter?

In Chapter 6 we have taken a close look at Government policy and guidelines for schools in England and how that looks in real-life education. In this chapter we are going to guide you through our safe steps to running RSE, creating a space conducive to relaxed learning, which ...

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