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Pupils help to champion relationship education

Published: 24 June 2019

Thursday 27 June 2019 is national Relationship and Sex Education day.

It’s an opportunity for everyone to think about their role in promoting healthy relationships and positive sexual health.

To raise awareness about the importance of relationship and sex education, RSE champions from schools across Derbyshire are planning activities including flash mobs, RSE playlists, displays and more.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:

“Learning about healthy relationships, staying safe and sexual health is important to ensure that young people can make healthy, safe and informed choices.

“That is why RSE teaches young people to respect themselves and others. It also helps young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem.”

From September 2020, relationships and sex education will become statutory in all secondary schools in England and relationships education will become statutory in all primary schools in England.

To help prepare for this, our Public Health Department is leading on a pilot project to offer support to schools towards the effective delivery of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).

This is being delivered by the Education Improvement Team.

The team is working with three pilot schools and work so far has included staff training, developing student-led policies for delivering RSE in school and consultation around the use of digital and social media.

New materials are also being developed for secondary schools to use to deliver lessons in line with the new requirements.

Some 20 pupils from secondary schools have also been trained up as RSE Champions.

The young people have learnt how to build their skills and confidence in order to support good RSE in their school.

RSE Champions Elaina Simons and Lara Miller from William Allitt School said:

“The champion’s training means that we will be there to support develop ideas in school that will appeal to us and to show other students that you’re not alone in going through RSE issues.”

The new RSE champions are developing activities for RSE day and will promote them on the RSE Twitter account and the Derbyshire Education Improvement Service Twitter account and the hashtag #rseday.