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Teaching resources

In September 2020, the Government introduced a new Relationships, Sex Education and Health curriculum for schools, which includes information relating to the abuse of women and girls, including teaching about boundaries and consent, sexual harassment, sexual violence, abusive behaviour, and specific forms of abuse that women and girls often experience.
 
Should you feel uneasy about how to approach these topics, the following resources are designed to help you.

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GOV.UK

Teaching about relationships, sex and health - GOV.UK: this is the government webpage containing information about teaching relationships, sex and health education. The page includes statutory guidance, information to support teachers in planning their curriculum, teacher training materials looking at specific topics in more depth, and further material including recorded webinars addressing child sexual exploitation, pornography and domestic abuse.

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School Zone

School Zone teaching resources: the Better Health School Zone offers curriculum-linked, PSHE Association-accredited resources and inspiration for teachers. From resources on nutrition and physical activity for primary teachers, to mental health and wellbeing resources and lesson plans for secondary and Year 6 teachers. The flexible and easy-to-use resources are co-created with teachers and include ideas and activities to help you teach a range of topics in KS1 through to KS4.

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Women's Aid

Expect Respect toolkit: the Expect Respect Educational Toolkit consists of one easy to use ‘Core’ lesson for each year group from reception to year 13 and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse. It is designed to help teachers hold conversations about the root causes of violence and educate young people on gender-based violence.

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Sex Education Forum

Sex Education Forum: supports educators with high quality training and resources so they can be competent and confident providers of RSE, in partnership with parents, carers, children and young people.

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Plan International

School resources: the Learn Without Fear school pack includes assembly examples, lesson plans and activities to teach KS3 and KS4 about violence against women and girls. The pack focuses specifically on young people, but the overall lesson outcome includes being able to recognise that gender-based violence and abuse takes different forms and has negative consequences. 

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Brook Learn

Brook offers high-quality, self-directed and mostly free-to-access online courses that empower, support and encourage professionals to deliver safe and effective relationships and sex education (RSE). This includes courses that can be used to deliver education on VAWG effectively; covering topics like Consent, CSE and Harmful Sexual Behaviours. These are all available through Brook's e-learning platform, Brook Learn, and are accompanied by a range of free resources and handouts. Brook also offers in-person and online professionals training sessions for teachers, as well as workshops for young people (these are paid-for sessions delivered by Brook directly to students).

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