Researchers at SPHR aimed to identify what makes Sex Relationship Education (SRE) programmes effective, acceptable, sustainable and capable of being implemented.
October 2013 - September 2018
1 May 2017 - 31 December 2017
Following the Government’s announcement to make sex and relationship education compulsory in all secondary schools by 2020, the School is carrying out work to encourage policy makers to engage with its evidence-based best practice criteria, to ensure young people receive the same standard of sex and relationship education across the country.
There is a need for effective sex and relationship education (SRE) for young people in the UK. New digital technologies and widespread internet access have changed how young people learn about sex and conduct their sexual lives, bringing about new risks, while existing risks such as sexually transmitted infections remain relatively high among young people. SRE is vital to improve young people’s sexual health, however Government guidance is outdated and there are huge variations in terms of how SRE is delivered across England.
Previous research conducted by the School led to the development of a set criteria for best practice to enable the government to set universal standards for school-based SRE. As part of this project the research team have taken this research forward, engaged with policy makers and provided evidence to the government’s consultation on developing guidance for compulsory SRE. As part of this project the research team have also conducted a small scale investigation to provide evidence on how to implement compulsory SRE successfully.
The research team are now developing materials to encourage schools and local authorities to design and implement best practice in SRE.