Evidence on effective approaches to relationship and sex education in schools

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) teaches young people about relationships, reproduction, sexuality and sexual health. Currently, the only element of RSE that is taught in all UK schools is the biology of reproduction.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) has been a topic of keen parliamentary interest and wider debate in recent years, and has been the subject of numerous parliamentary debates, legislative proposals and outside campaigns. Section 34 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 allows the government to make regulations requiring RSE to be taught in all schools in England - primary and secondary, maintained and academy. A consultation on new statutory guidance for RSE is expected in autumn 2017, with final guidance and regulations passed in the spring (2018).

This POSTnote will review national and international evidence on risks to children, including online pornography, sexting and staying safe online, and the effectiveness of different approaches and methods of RSE in addressing these for different age groups.

For more information, or to contribute to this project please contact Rowena Bermingham