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Sex and Relationships Education

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is a form of sex education taught in UK schools. SRE focuses on exploring the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, having relationships, engaging in sex, and learning about human sexuality and sexual health.[1]

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United KingdomEdit

Sex and Relationship Education is designed to equip children and young people with the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being.[1] The importance of sexual consent is taught to some as young as 11.[2]

The UK Learning and Skills Act 2000 requires that:[3]

  • young people learn about the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and bringing up children.
  • young people are protected from teaching and materials which are inappropriate, having regard to the age and the religious and cultural background of the pupils concerned.
  • school governing bodies have regard for the guidance.
  • parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of SRE provided outside national curriculum science.

AustraliaEdit

The Victorian Government (Australia) developed a policy for the promotion of Health and Human Relations Education in schools in 1980 that was introduced into the State's primary and secondary schools during 1981.[4] The initiative was developed and implemented by the Honorable Norman Lacy MP, Minister for Educational Services from 1979-1982.

A Consultative Council for Health and Human Relations Education was established in December 1980 under the chairmanship of Dame Margaret Blackwood; its members possessed considerable expertise in the area.

The Council had three major functions:

  1. to advise and to be consulted on all aspects of Health and Human Relations' Education in schools;
  2. to develop, for consideration of the Government, appropriate curriculum for schools;
  3. to advise and recommend the standards for in-service courses for teachers and relevant members of the school community.

Support services for the Consultative Council were provided by a new Health and Human Relations Unit within the Special Services Division of the Education Department of Victoria and was responsible for the implementation of the Government's policy and guidelines in this area. The Unit advised principals, school councils, teachers, parents, tertiary institutions and others in all aspects of Health and Human Relations Education.

In 1981 the Consultative Council recommended the adoption of a set of guidelines for the provision of Health and Human Relations Education in schools as well as a Curriculum Statement to assist schools in the development of their programs. These were presented to the Victorian Cabinet in December 1981 and adopted as Government policy.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b UK DofE. Sex and Relationship Education Guidance.
  2. ^ How schools teach 11-year-olds about sexual consent
  3. ^ FPA. Sex and relationships education.
  4. ^ "Health and Human Relations Education". Education Department of Victoria. 1982. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 

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