Relationships And Sexuality Education Symposium Underway

A consultation symposium on Relationships and Sexuality Education is taking place today as part of a wider consultation being undertaken by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

Welcoming the event, being held at Collins Barracks in Dublin, the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, said: "I am delighted to see this event take place as part of the review of RSE for primary and post primary schools, which was announced last April.

"It is hugely important to ensure that we equip schools and teachers with the skills and support to help prepare pupils for adulthood with the right attitudes.

"We must ensure that we give schoolchildren the best guidance for their youth and adult life, to ensure that they learn about appropriate behaviour, respect for one another, in particular respect for women and that they have a clear understanding of the issues around consent and what that means."

The review of RSE will cover both the content of the RSE curriculum in schools and support materials, as well as the delivery of the curriculum to students. The review comprises three inter-related dimensions. The first involved a desk-top review of recently published research/studies in the area of RSE. Building on this, consultations are taking place with key individuals and organisations who have responsibility for or who are working in this area, and today's symposium is a key part of that consultation process. The third dimension involves working directly with schools to examine the experience of RSE in the schools and in classrooms. Last week the NCCA published a research paper to inform the public consultation process. The NCCA is engaging directly with a wide range of schools to hear the experiences and perspectives of students, parents and teachers. Online surveys are also available for those who wish to contribute their views.

The Minister stated that he is looking forward to receiving a comprehensive report from the NCCA in middle of next year.


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