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Let’s Talk About Sex – ‘Screwball’ And Other Great Resources For Sexual Health Week 2017

Shed students' shyness, and your own, about discussing sex and relationships, with these great videos, lesson plans and websites

  • Let’s Talk About Sex – ‘Screwball’ And Other Great Resources For Sexual Health Week 2017

Sexual Health Week 2017 takes place from 11-17 September, which is a great opportunity to set a strong stance on SRE for the year to come.

But given that you probably can’t just sit students down to watch the sex-positive marvel that is Magic Mike XXL in class time, here are our pick of some of the best resources around to share in your class, starting with a brand-new mini-masterpiece:

1. Screwball!

Released by True Tube this week, Screwball! is a short comedy-drama by Adam Tyler that has been made specifically for SRE lessons.

It features Ryan and Natalie – two young people struggling through their first sexual encounter, and having to deal with each other’s expectations, a shiny trumpet and way too many cats.

It’s funny, heartfelt and therefore ideal for opening up discussion about consent, peer pressure and the internet’s influence on relationships.

Watching these two youngsters, wonderfully brought to life by Savannah Baker and Alhaji Fofana, actually talk about each other’s expectations, pressures, influences and thoughts is a joy to behold (hearing them admit “We don’t know what we’re doing” is a particular highlight. It’s almost a metaphor for life. Bless ‘em). And hopefully, by sharing this couple’s journey towards a mutual understanding on their relationship in a safe, educational setting, young students feel confident enough to do the same.

Watch the video above, then click here to get more information and resources from True Tube.


2. Let’s talk about Porn

The theme of this year’s Sexual Health Week is pornography. We all know how prevalent it is in the internet/smartphone age, and we all know the various issues that come with it. Hopefully, gone are the days of outright ‘porn is bad’ mentalities, but there is definitely a nuanced conversation on its inherent problems to be had.

This is where the FPA comes in, helping you talk to young people about a whole range of these issues, such as:

  • Separating fantasy from reality
  • Self-esteem and body image
  • Importance of consent and communication
  • Keeping safe, and the law

You can take a quick survey to let them know what you as a teacher might need in order to discuss the topic, and there are links back to everything from previous years’ themes such as 2016’s sexually transmitted diseases and 2014’s contraception choices.

Find out more here.


3. The pornography issue

The Sex Educational Supplement is an e-magazine for teachers and other professionals involved in sex and relationships education, that’s edited by Sex Education Forum.

It’s very first issue back in 2013 was the ‘pornography issue’, which helps schools deliver high-quality SRE classes, tackle potentially taboo subjects and offer practical advice drawn from consultation with teachers and young people.

It includes a quiz for you to test yourself on what you think young people know, interviews, research and a teachers’ wishlist of things needed to create the perfect environment for teaching SRE.

Download this issue as a PDF on The Guardian‘s education pages here or head to sexeduactionforum.org where you can sign up to download all issues and find loads more great resources.


4. I heard it round the internet

This Canadian resource from Media Smarts lets students consider the use of the internet as a research tool and learn how to use search engines more effectively. They can then apply these newfound skills to investigating popular myths about sexuality and contraception.

Pupils will:

  • Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet as a research tool
  • Learn and practice Internet search and evaluation skills
  • Become familiar with reliable online sources on sexual health
  • Research information on sexual health
  • Evaluate online sources of information on sexual health

Get this resource here, or check out related resources from Media Smart here.


5. Sex, the media and pornography

This excellent PDF from Alice Hoyle and Spencer Williams is packed full of helpful advice and information including hyperlinks to even more great resources, websites and tips.

It’s not fancy looking, but it’s a must-see resource for SRE.

Click here to see the PDF and head to solgrid.org.uk to see more PSHE and health and wellbeing resources.

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