Tips for teaching RSE
Develop ‘ground rules’ for your classroom
As a subject, RSE can be tricky for teachers and students. By developing a a classroom agreement and setting some ground rules in place, you can keep your lessons on track, reduce these worries and keep everyone safe. It also allows the learners to start to think about negotiation and boundaries before the lesson has even begun.
For example, a ground rule might be “No personal questions”. For many young people, their worst fear is that they will be asked direct questions about RSE or expected to listen to adults’ own experiences. It is important to stress that all questions to be asked in the third person, eg. “what would happen if…?”, rather than relating personal stories. This:
- Allows young people to be involved, whilst not having to ask or answer direct questions
- Creates a safe environment for peer discussions
- Maintains confidentiality