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New Relationships and Sexuality Education guidelines

October 09, 2020 at 4:21 PM

From the NZFVC

The Ministry of Education has published updated Relationships and Sexuality Education guidelines for schools.

The Relationships and Sexuality Education guidelines are designed to support teachers, school leaders, and boards of trustees to implement the New Zealand Curriculum. The updated guidelines reflect a focus on relationships as an essential part of sexuality education.

Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said “For the last decade, Education Review Office (ERO) reports on this area have shown that some schools teach this subject very well, but that the majority struggle. We have to do better than that for our children.”

She also said, that the new guidelines “... respond to a recent Education Review Office (ERO) report noting that our curriculum would benefit from more information around sexuality issues such as consent, the use of digital technologies and relationships.”

The Ministry of Education provides information about what is new in the guidelines, noting:

"This update is informed by an awareness of changing family structures, shifting social norms in relation to gender and sexuality, the rise of social media, and the increased use of digital communications and devices. It acknowledges the increased calls for social inclusion and for the prevention of bullying, violence, and child abuse. It recognises the importance of social and emotional learning for healthy relationships."

The new guideline place greater emphasis on inclusion in relation to Māori, Pacific and LGBTQI+ communities.

Click here for more information



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