1.Is Relationships and Sex Education currently mandatory in England?
Yes. Under new legislation, RSE became mandatory in secondary schools from September 2020, whilst Relationships Education is mandatory in primary schools.
2.Can parents choose to withdraw their child from RSE lessons?
Yes. A parent can still choose to withdraw their child from Sex Education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools. However, there is no right to withdraw a child from Relationships Education at primary or secondary school.
3.Is RSE mainly focused on teaching about sex?
No. Relationships and sex education (RSE) focuses on the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, dealing with relationships, sexuality and sexual health. RSE should equip children and young people with the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being.
4.2019, the Sex Education Forum carried out a nationwide poll over of 1,000 young people, asking them about their experiences with RSE. How many respondents rated the quality of RSE received from parents as “Good” or “Very Good”?
5.True or False: Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) promotes sexual behaviour.
False. RSE does not promote sexual activity (at any age) and does not assume that all young people are experimenting or are sexually active. It simply gives young people the knowledge and skills to make safer choices.
6.Tick the option you believe is mostly likely to be true, regarding the following statement:
Young people who receive high quality Relationship and Sex Education are:
- More likely to understand risks and know how to report sexual abuse
- More likely to delay first sex until ready
- More likely that first sex is consensual
- More likely to use contraceptives & condoms
- Less likely to have unplanned pregnancy or sexual transmitted infections
- All of the above
This section tests your RSE knowledge.
7.How many methods of contraception are there?
8.What is the age of sexual consent in the UK?
9.Research carried out by the Sex Education Forum shows that RSE is more effective if it:
- works in partnership with parents
- is taught by trained educators
- includes a range of topics including sexual and reproductive health information
- all of the above
10.Where can you access contraception?
- Sexual Health Clinics and contraception clinics
- GP Surgeries
- Some Young People’s services
- All of the above
Where can I find more information?
The Department of Education has published RSE support guides to help parents of primary and secondary school children understand more about RSE provision and some of the topics that will be covered in the classroom.