In April 2018, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., asked the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to undertake ‘a major review’ of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in schools. The review was conducted between June 2018 and March 2019 and now the NCCA is asking you to read the findings of the review and give your feedback.
Overall the review found that there is a high level of agreement that Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is an important part of children’s and young people’s education today. Equally, there is agreement that schools, in partnership with parents, have a critical role to play in improving provision. The review has highlighted considerable variation in the provision of RSE across schools in terms of what is being taught, how it is taught, who teaches it and the time allocated. Many students described their experience as ‘too little, too late and too biological.’
The NCCA’s Draft Report on the Review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in Primary and Post-Primary Schools was published in July. A consultation on this Report will run until October 25th and the NCCA are inviting peoel to give their feedback on the findings of the review and on the draft recommendations outlined in the draft report.
Arising from this consultation, a final report containing the advice for future directions will be finalised and issued to the Minister for Education and Skills.