Tameside leading the way in sex and relationship education

Date Released - 18/07/2018

TAMESIDE is ahead of the game in ensuring young people are able to make informed and safe choices about sex and relationships.

The Council has launched a new Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) Curriculum two years before the national statutory introduction of SRE in all primary and secondary schools in September 2020.

The new curriculum has been developed in consultation with young people, schools, teachers and professionals who work with children. It follows and takes on recommendations from the ‘Let’s Talk about Sex’ event was hosted for Tameside Schools in 2016, which looked into the needs of SRE in Tameside.

It aims to ensure that, through equal and quality delivery of SRE, all Tameside children and young people will be able to make informed choices with the skills and values they need to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health, health and wellbeing.

Over half of Tameside schools have already signed up to the new curriculum  and attended the introductory training session on Friday 13 July.

Tameside Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington, who attended the new curriculum launch, said: “Tameside’s work in this area has been described as exemplary – not just for being ahead of the game but also in the way we have involved young people in the development of the new curriculum.

“Sex and relationship education is much more than preventing teenage pregnancies it about raising aspirations, improving wellbeing and supporting young people to stay safe and make informed choices. I’m delighted that children and young people in Tameside are already getting excellent quality and age-appropriate SRE lessons – it should help put them in the best possible position for developing healthy relationships and making the best decisions for themselves in the future.”



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