KS3 SRE
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What Can SRE Do for Us?
by Andrew Dobbin
LGBT History Month
  1. Schools must cover anatomy, puberty, biological aspects of sexual reproduction and use of hormones to control and promote fertility. This is covered in science.
  2. Secondary schools must provide an SRE programme which includes (as a minimum) information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS
  3. All schools must have an SRE policy, agreed by the School governors and available for inspection
  1. Schools must teach the nature of marriage and its importance to the family
  2. young people must be protected from teaching and materials which are inappropriate
  3. Parents may withdraw their child from SRE lessons which do not come under the science curriculum (those in point 1)
Is this Enough?
  • All of you will understand what Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is and you will understand the terms of the debate about Equality and Diversity
  • Most of you will understand the consequences for the individual and society of people being ‘left out’ and will make connections between Curriculum content and making schools safe
  • Some of you will be able to evaluate the arguments and put forward ideas and opinions based on those evaluations
Peter Tatchell is probably most famous for his work on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people’s rights, for which he has fought since the 1970s; both nationally and internationally.
He has taken direct action against The Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, The Ex-Leader of the British National Party Nick Griffin, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, whom he tried to arrest in London (twice) and the authorities in Moscow for their homophobia.

He has been arrested, vilified and beaten up doing this work. When he tried to make a citizen’s arrest of President Mugabe in 2001 he was beaten up by the president’s bodyguards in broad daylight in a Brussels street. He sustained permanent head and eye injuries during the attack. Now he runs The Peter Tatchell Foundation which campaigns for human rights.

He is also a campaigner for the Green Party. He leads the equal marriage campaign which seeks to ensure that straight, same sex and transgendered couples have equal access to marriage and civil partnership.

Tatchell explains why he thinks Sex and Relationships Education and lessons in Equality and Diversity are essential subjects in school.
  • Which groups should be covered by SRE and in which areas?
  • What does Tatchell mean when he says ‘mandatory’ and ‘inclusive’?
  • Name two forms of bigotry or prejudice that he mentions
Answer:
  • LGBT people; emotions, sex and HIV prevention
  • Mandatory/compulsory; inclusive/leaving nobody out
  • Any two of the following: homophobia, transphobia, racism, misogyny and disablism. Do you know what they all mean?
  • What does Peter Tatchell hope will happen to prejudice as a result of Equality and Diversity lessons in schools?
Answer:
  • He hopes that prejudice will become a thing of the past
Peter explains who is responsible and how they can make it happen
  • What 3 groups does he think are responsible?
  • What is a gay-straight alliance?
Answer:
  • The Government and the Minister for Education; the schools and their management; the students or pupils themselves.
  • A peer to peer group which meets and organises independently of school management to maintain the school as a safe and inclusive environment
Sally is Operations Director at LGBT Youth North West. When asked why she became involved in LGBT specific youth work she describes how she recognised her sexual and emotional identity when she was 21.
  • What challenges confronted her when she was coming to terms with being a lesbian?
  • Would SRE/Equality and Diversity education have helped? Give reasons for your answer.
Sally’s difficulties:
  • She knew she was ‘different’ but had no vocabulary to explain it
  • There were few role models and she was unable to identify herself with those that did exist
  • She had never ‘fitted in’ since she was four
Equality and Diversity lessons:
  • There is no ‘right’ answer to this question as yet but we can seek empirical evidence by introducing an inclusive curriculum that embraces equality and diversity and examining its impact in the future.
True or false?
  1. Anatomy, puberty, reproduction and hormonal activity are parts of SRE covered in science
  2. Parents can withdraw their children from science lessons
  3. Schools don’t need to have an SRE policy
  4. Secondary schools must teach about STIs and HIV
  5. Bigotry means ‘intolerance’
  6. Prejudice means making correct assumptions based on facts
  7. If something’s mandatory you don’t have to do it
  8. Peter Tatchell believes our schools could be safer
  9. He thinks we all have a role in making school’s safer
  10. He doesn’t believe we will ever end prejudice
  11. Sally Carr didn’t realise she was different until she was 21
  12. Sally Carr does youth work because she doesn’t want anyone to suffer as she did
True or false?
  1. Anatomy, puberty, reproduction and hormonal activity are parts of SRE covered in science. True
  2. Parents can withdraw their children from science lessons. False. The part of SRE delivered in science is mandatory.
  3. Schools don’t need to have an SRE policy. False. They do and it must be available to the public
  4. Secondary schools must teach about STIs and HIV. True. It’s the minimum required
  5. Bigotry means ‘intolerance’. True
  6. Prejudice means making correct assumptions based on facts. False. It means the exact opposite
  7. If something’s mandatory you don’t have to do it. False. It’s compulsory
  8. Peter Tatchell believes our schools could be safer. True
  9. He thinks we all have a role in making school’s safer. True
  10. He doesn’t believe we will ever end prejudice. False. He thinks we can make it history
  11. Sally Carr didn’t realise she was different until she was 21. False. She was 4
  12. Sally Carr does youth work because she doesn’t want anyone to suffer as she did. True
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