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.


You are 10 years old. Puberty has well and truly started, but you don’t know it. Everything feels weird and different, and some of it unpleasant and confusing. You look around at your friends and wonder if they are feeling anything like this. You sense your body changing and look to see if the same changes are visible in others or are noticeable to them in you. You have new thoughts and concerns about how you are viewed socially, and about your thoughts and behaviours being normal. You look at your family at home, wondering if there are any clues there as to what normal really is – this only exacerbates your fears. Why has nobody warned you about any of this? Adults bang ...

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