Think about your own experience of RSE. What information, advice and key messages did you receive from:

  • Your parents/carers/family
  • School or educational settings
  • Friends/Peers
  • The media including books, magazines, TV, film

When thinking about your own RSE education, list 3 things that you feel were positive?

When thinking about your own RSE education, list 3 things that you would change?

Listen to the audio file, which includes people talking about their own RSE experiences.

We must revisit, explore, reflect, and in some cases unlearn the key messages we received about relationships, health and sex. If we do not so this, we can continue to pass on uniformed, bias ideas and concepts.

Revisiting, updating, and challenging our personal values around RSE topics can help us address and end the many taboos and stigmas which exist alongside RSE topics.

Reflection Exercise

Think about the children and young people that you will educate and provide RSE and health education to.

Imagine they are asked to think about the type of relationships, sex and health education they received. What would you hope for them to say about their experience of it?

Using these ideas and thoughts create a statement that explains your aims for RSE and health education.

The purpose of RSE is to help children and young people to be safe, healthy and happy as they grow up and in their future lives. RSE must always be appropriate to pupils’ age and stage of development and is an essential part of safeguarding. 

Principles of good RSE, Sex Education Forum, 15 November 2017