Teachers ‘need training’ to discuss consent and rape in sex education classes

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Not enough teachers have received proper training to deliver “sensitive and complex” sex education, including on consent, experts warned Wednesday.

Compulsory sex education classes were introduced in secondary schools in England this school year, but funds have not been sufficient to train teachers, activists said.

School leaders said it was especially timely to talk about these topics after the deaths of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa and the creation of the Everyone’s Invited website.

But Lucy Emmerson, head of the Sex Education Forum, said the government needs to fund appropriate training for teachers to help them deliver lessons.

She said, “For teachers, to… facilitate complex discussions… it takes practice. The resources spent are not proportional to the enormity of the work.

It comes as research shows that staff at four out of five schools have not received training to deliver the new RSHE program.

Children and Young People Now magazine revealed that only 4,800 schools have received training under government programs to provide RSHE.

Labor MP Sarah Champion said: “The RSHE is the most important tool at our disposal to tackle abuse and harmful attitudes.

It comes as around 200 people have been keeping watch for Sabina Nessa in Eastbourne, where the man suspected of her murder has been arrested.

Teacher Ms. Nessa was killed in Cator Park, Kidbrooke. Koci Selamaj, 36, was charged with her murder and was remanded in custody ahead of a plea hearing on December 16.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said the government has invested more than £ 3million to help staff teach the new RSHE program.

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