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Relationships and sexuality education (RSE)

Relationships and sexuality education (RSE) is fundamental for ākonga to develop a positive self-identity, healthy relationships, and critical thinking skills. This webinar with Tracy Clelland (University of Canterbury) explores the importance of RSE across primary and secondary schools.

Tracy discusses current research, the importance of the new RSE guide, and what schools can do to develop classroom RSE programmes that better meet the needs of ākonga. Using the voices of young people, Tracy also offers insight into how schools can take a whole school approach to promote wellbeing through RSE.

Young people are growing up in a changing world, and learning about relationships and gender, sex, sexualities, and online safety is more important than ever. Recent research highlights how important it is for RSE to start at the junior primary school level. Starting early sets the foundations for healthy relationships, media literacy skills, appreciation of sexual diversity and inclusion, and child abuse prevention. Young people are calling for better RSE, specifically consent and relationships education, and in 2020 the MoE released the new guidelines for schools.

To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed.

Topics discussed in this webinar

Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video

3.45:Why use the term ‘relationships and sexuality education’ and what does it mean for teachers and schools?
15.14:What we know about the benefits of RSE in primary and secondary schools
21.50:The current state of RSE in schools
26.42:What the research says a out what students want to learn about RSE
30.48:The importance of creating a whole-school approach to RSE
34.18:The new 2020 RSE policy guidelines and resources
40.38:The importance of consultation and meaningful engagement with parents and families
50.39:Ideas for consultation

You can download a copy of Tracy’s slides by clicking the download PDF button.


Tracy Clelland

Tracy is a Health Education lecturer at the University of Canterbury. She is the author of a new resource called Ka huri I Te Kōrero: Changing the conversations about pornography within RSE. She is also part of the team that has created the new MoE RSE resources for primary and secondary schools.

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