Proud to be Partners of The Sex Education Forum
Pyjama Drama were proud to become members of The Sex Education Forum in November 2021. First established in 1987, the SEF have helped support generations of educators and lobbied successfully for the introduction of compulsory Relationships and Sex Education in England. In April 2021 they established themselves as an independent charity.
As the voice of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in England, the SEF promote and protect the physical and mental health of children and young people by improving their access to RSE.
They bring together partners and wider stakeholders to share best practice, research, monitor the provision of RSE, explore and respond to new themes and identify gaps. Working together with partners, members and wider stakeholders is central to everything the forum does.
The SEF support educators with high quality training, resources and a membership scheme, so they can be competent and confident providers of RSE, in partnership with parents, carers, children and young people.
They gather international evidence about effective RSE and use this to inform policy and practice and to increase public understanding of the benefits of RSE.
Values and principles:
The SEF, and their partners, believe that quality RSE should:
- Be accurate and factual, covering a comprehensive range of information about sex, relationships, the law and sexual health, in order to make informed choices. In schools this should be part of compulsory curriculum provision;
- Be positively inclusive in terms of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, culture, age, religion or belief or other life-experience particularly HIV status and pregnancy;
- Include the development of skills to support healthy and safe relationships and ensure good communication about these issues;
- Promote a critical awareness of the different attitudes and views on sex and relationships within society such as peer norms and those portrayed in the media;
- Provide opportunities for reflection in order to nurture personal values based on mutual respect and care;
- Be part of lifelong learning, starting early in childhood and continuing throughout life. It should reflect the age and level of the learner;
- Ensure children and young people are clearly informed of their rights such as how they can access confidential advice and health services within the boundaries of safeguarding;
- Be relevant and meet the needs of children and young people, and actively involve them as participants, advocates and evaluators in developing good quality provision;
- Be delivered by competent and confident educators;
- Be provided within a learning environment which is safe for the children, young people and adults involved and based on the principle that prejudice, discrimination and bullying are harmful and unacceptable.
Find out more about The Sex Education Forum at https://www.sexeducationforum.org.uk/