Before you begin talking to children and young people about relationships, health, and sex education topics, you need to understand your own values and biases.
This is important very because when delivering RSE we don’t want to project our personal values upon children and young people. The way we communicate what we teach is equally as important as the information we will share.
Children and young people are better able to succeed and develop a positive sense of self when schools are inclusive, welcoming, caring, respectful and safe. These environments support children and young people in building healthy relationships with others, valuing diversity and showing respect, empathy and compassion.
The statements below will help you explore your own personal values, and reflect upon how they may influence your teaching and delivery style.
Read through the following statements, and think about whether you agree or disagree.
Consider how you feel about teaching and talking about RSE and health education with children and young people.
Have you identified ethical, moral, or religious differences which would cause barriers? If so, it would be a good idea to speak with your school or organisation to explore this further and to action plan more training to help develop skills for delivery around specific topics.
There is no one way to deliver RSE and health education. You won’t always have all of the answers, but it is important to know where to get the answers from to be able to signpost and refer young people should you need to.
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