On 13 November, the Sex Education Forum and PHSE Association published a new Roadmap to Statutory RSE, supported by 5 education unions.

The Roadmap is a one-page digital tool with a series of hyperlinked buttons that guide schools through the actions and resources needed in order to provide high quality RSE ready for the statutory requirement.

SEF and the PSHE Association designed the Roadmap with Heads and Senior Leaders in schools in mind, to use together with their PSHE Leads and governor leading on RSE. The step by step approach breaks the task of preparing for statutory RSE into manageable chunks.

Teachers' survey

To coincide with the launch of the Roadmap, SEF published preliminary findings from a survey of 240 teachers of RSE in England. The survey found that 29% of those teaching RSE had not had any training in the subject at all. 20% said they lacked confidence in adapting teaching to meet the needs of children with SEND, and 21% said they lacked confidence on making the curriculum LGBT inclusive.

Interestingly, the topics that teachers and other staff said they feel least confident teaching pupils in secondary schools about include contraception, pregnancy options, STIs, accessing sexual health services and giving guidance on sexually explicit information online – all topics included in the draft RSE guidance for statutory delivery from 2020.

SEF conference: Countdown to Statutory RSE – Friday 30 November, London.

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