Listening to children and young people key to relationships and sexuality education, says expert

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Primary, secondary and special school teachers will join academics and third sector organisations online at Wales’ first Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) professional learning conference today.

The event, organised by Professor EJ Renold, and hosted at Cardiff University on RSE Day, comes as Welsh Government seeks public consultation on drafts of its new RSE guidance.

From September 2022, rights, equity, inclusion and empowerment will become central to statutory RSE curriculum design and provision in Wales, informed by Professor Renold’s research and AGENDA resource, recently awarded the 2021 Hugh Owen Medal from the Learned Society of Wales.

Today’s event will help practitioners find out more about the changes through a series of discussions with Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Professor EJ Renold and Dr Ester McGeeney and Dr Leanne Coll, researchers with extensive experience in training teachers to develop and deliver RSE.

Professor Renold, who specialises in childhood studies and is based at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences, said: “A key role of high quality school-based RSE is about creating safe and empowering spaces to explore and respond to what children are already learning, thinking, questioning and feeling.