This provides supplementary advice and information to teachers on topics that are missing from the Government’s statutory guidance on SRE (published in 2000) including issues about pornography, the safe use of technology, sexual consent, violence and exploitation.
The supplementary advice is supported by the Department for Education and a range of other government, education and voluntary sector stakeholders. Brook, the PSHE Association and the Sex Education Forum are the country’s leading experts in SRE and have campaigned for SRE for many years. The three organisations decided to act as a coalition and resource the work themselves.
At the launch of the guidance in February 2014, schools Minister Lord Nash said:
“I welcome the work of the PSHE Association, Sex Education Forum and Brook on new supplementary advice to complement statutory SRE guidance.”
Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, said:
“It is vital that we safeguard the health and wellbeing of our young people to help them get on in life. That’s why we need all schools teaching sex and relationships education that is absolutely up to date, particularly when teenagers’ lives are so dominated by advances in technology.”
Teacher Louise Sullivan said:
“I was delighted to be part of the group that advised on this really important piece of advice for teachers. I know from my own experience how difficult it can be to deliver good SRE and I had lots of questions which this advice now answers. I heartily recommend it to schools to help improve their teaching of SRE.”
The Department for Education and Ofsted expect all schools to deliver good quality sex and relationships education and this supplementary advice will help in the delivery of SRE fit for the 21st Century.
Schools have been asking for more support to deliver good quality SRE for many years, and we believe that this guidance provides additional good quality information and advice for schools that will help them fulfill their obligations with regard to delivering SRE to their children and young people. Schools have been involved in its development and they say that it will help them deliver better SRE.
The supplementary advice is informed by teachers and pupils, which makes it practical and relevant to education today, it does not replace statutory SRE or a review of the guidance, but it does provide teachers with vital support in the short term.
Brook provides a range of resources for professionals working with young people and you can read more about the Brook education programmes for young people.