We have a launched a new UK-wide service called Talk Relationships to help teachers deliver sex and relationships education more confidently.
We believe high-quality sex and relationships education is crucial for safeguarding children. However, a new joint survey from NASUWT and NSPCC of 1,034 secondary school teachers in the UK fnds almost half of secondary school teachers (46%) say they don’t feel confident teaching sex and relationships education.
The survey also revealed:
- over a quarter of teachers don’t feel confident answering difficult or sensitive questions in lessons
- the majority of teachers (86%) feel they need more resources and training in this subject area
- and 57% think the level of support from the government has been poor.
Other findings from the survey found that many teachers lack confidence when it comes to delivering certain topics covered in sex and relationships education:
- 40% don’t feel confident delivering lessons on pornography
- less than a third feel very confident delivering lessons on consent
- only 19% feel very confident delivering lessons on harmful sexual behaviour and sexual harassment.
The survey highlighted that teachers want better support, and we’re calling on the new Secretary of State for education, MP Kit Malthouse, to prioritise guidance and training around sex and relationships education.