What was your sex education like in school? Did your teacher faint while describing a diagram? Were you traumatised by Mr Higgins, your history teacher, who said condoms came in small, medium and “Mr Higgins” size? Can you even remember having sex education at all?
In February 2019, the Department of Education unveiled new sex education guidelines which will be rolled out in primary and secondary schools by 2020.
The new curriculum will include healthy relationship education at primary school, lessons on menstrual health, sexting, FGM and mental health in secondary school. The lessons will also be LGBTQ+ inclusive.
How can schools give sex-positive and accurate information on sex, relationships and contraception while still being age-appropriate? We spoke to Becky Lund-Harket, a workshops facilitator at Sexplain and founder of The Candid Collective, to find out more.