“Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) for the 21st Century” – New Supplementary Advice

Three of the country’s leading experts in Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) have launched Supplementary Advice “Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) for the 21st Century”, to complement the Government’s statutory guidance on SRE, and to support teachers in improving the delivery of the topic in schools.

Brook, the PSHE Association and the Sex Education Forum collaborated on the production of the advice, which provides information to teachers on topics that are missing from current Guidance 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 (DfE) and a range of other government, education and voluntary sector stakeholders. The three organisations that have produced the advice, all of which have campaigned for SRE for many years, decided to act as a coalition and resource the work themselves.

The Department for Education and Ofsted expect all schools to deliver good quality Sex and Relationships Education as well as recommending that e-Safety is viewed as part of schools  responsibility and provision as part of the wider safeguarding agenda. This new Supplementary Advice will help schools deliver SRE fit for the 21st Century.

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.

Sex and Relationships Education for the 21st Century can be downloaded here and at the following links:


Content adapted from Brook. Original information can be accessed here

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