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Webinar Series 2015
Faith Sensitive
Relationships and Sex Education
How to handle conversations with
pupils and parents
4....
www.interfaithexplorers.com
• Supported by UNESCO
• Helps pupils understand the world around them & respect
cultural and r...
Webinars
• Support teachers in their work around
interfaith dialogue and RE; as well as PSHE
and Citizenship learning in s...
Webinar Presenters
• Claire Clinton
o An experienced teacher within EYFS, Primary and Secondary education
o She has over 2...
Session objectives
• To explore the law and best practice around
faith sensitive relationships and sex education
(RSE) in ...
RSE and the Law
• The 1996 Education Act consolidates all
previous legislation on RSE;
• All schools must provide an up to...
SRE Guidance
• The government’s Sex and Relationship Education
Guidance (July 2000) states that a school’s SRE
Education s...
SRE Guidance cont…
• SRE should also ensure that children and young
people:
o Are protected from teaching and materials wh...
Potential Pitfalls
• Parents opting out of relationships education;
• Knowing what information is right to give children
a...
The challenge!
“We have a responsibility to educate and
support children and young people so
they can make positive decisi...
RSE and Sacred texts
• Sacred texts mention sexual relationships in
lots of ways
• However, the image that many young peop...
So what do Sacred texts have to say..?
• In Judaism & Christianity the first thing God
tells Adam and Eve to do is to mult...
Sacred texts cont…
• Judaism teaches that the purpose for sex is
not just to have children:
o It is also for married peopl...
Sacred texts cont…
• In the Christian New Testament it says:
“In the same way husbands should love their wives as their ow...
Sacred texts cont…
• One Qur'an verse states:
"The Believers, men and women, are protectors one
of another: they enjoin wh...
Sacred texts cont…
• Muslims view:
o Sexual intercourse as an act of worship that fulfils
emotional and physical needs as ...
Sacred texts cont…
• Hindus believe that kama (sensual pleasure) is one of the
four purusharthas (aims of life). Sex is co...
Sacred texts…
• The Guru Granith Sahib says:
“Don't look at the vines of others, be a true
husband.”
Guru Arjan Sahib Ji (...
Sacred texts cont…
• One of the 5 precepts (Conducts for Life) in
Buddhism is: ‘Do not misuse sex’;
• For monks and nuns, ...
Top tips for RSE teaching (1)
• Involve your parents, allowing them to be
part of what you are planning to do and
teach!
“...
Top tips for RSE teaching (2)
• A school should have:
o An effective and enabling policy with an agreed
values framework o...
Top tips for teaching RSE (3)
“RSE can be provided in a way that both
respects young people’s faith and allows
them safe s...
Key principals
• There are many different ideologies around RSE:
o Be analytical about resources and training around RSE,
...
Useful support
• www.fryp.org.uk
• www.brook.org.uk
• RE Today publication for Yr5/6 faith sensitive
SRE: ‘Body & Soul’
www.interfaithexplorers.com can…
• Support you
o Through it’s interfaith pedagogy that uses the
interpretative method
• Pr...
Wrap up
Any questions?
Contact us
For further information about the webinar series and
how Interfaith Explorers can support you visit:
www.interf...
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Webinar VI | Faith Sensitive Relationship & Sex Ed

  1. 1. Webinar Series 2015 Faith Sensitive Relationships and Sex Education How to handle conversations with pupils and parents 4.00pm - 4.45pm Thursday 26th February 2015 http://www.interfaithexplorers.com/webinars
  2. 2. www.interfaithexplorers.com • Supported by UNESCO • Helps pupils understand the world around them & respect cultural and religious diversity • Offers high quality cross-curricula resources to use with pupils at Key Stage 2 and those embarking on their Key Stage 3 transition • Supports core personal and social skills development as well as self-directed, exploratory learning • Promotes universal core values & the development of ethical thinking • Designed to compliment RE and PSHE teaching, alongside citizenship education
  3. 3. Webinars • Support teachers in their work around interfaith dialogue and RE; as well as PSHE and Citizenship learning in schools • Offers a space for teachers to come together and think about issues arising from classroom practice in these areas
  4. 4. Webinar Presenters • Claire Clinton o An experienced teacher within EYFS, Primary and Secondary education o She has over 20 years of classroom experience, and 16 years of advisory work at a national and local level o Presently the Religious Education Advisor for the London Borough of Newham for eight years • Jo Sell o has been a specialist teacher of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) for 8 years, building on her 25 years teaching experience delivering mostly life skills and PSHE o Additionally, she manages the ‘REALationships Education Team’ at the Alternatives Trust East London, a charity specializing in delivering Relationship and Sex Education in schools
  5. 5. Session objectives • To explore the law and best practice around faith sensitive relationships and sex education (RSE) in schools; • To consider the pitfalls and risks of leading faith sensitive RSE in schools; • To explore how best to facilitate discussions around faith sensitive RSE.
  6. 6. RSE and the Law • The 1996 Education Act consolidates all previous legislation on RSE; • All schools must provide an up to date policy that describes the content and organisation of RSE taught outside of national curriculum required Science subject.
  7. 7. SRE Guidance • The government’s Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (July 2000) states that a school’s SRE Education should aim to prepare young people for an adult life in which they can: o Develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide their decisions, judgements and behaviour; o Be aware of their sexuality and understand human sexuality; o Understand the arguments for delaying sexual activity o Understand the reasons for having protected sex o Learn about the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and the bringing up of children.
  8. 8. SRE Guidance cont… • SRE should also ensure that children and young people: o Are protected from teaching and materials which are inappropriate. • Schools should also: o Have regard to the age, religious and cultural backgrounds of the pupils concerned; o Tailor their SRE programme to the age and physical and emotional maturity of their pupils.
  9. 9. Potential Pitfalls • Parents opting out of relationships education; • Knowing what information is right to give children and young people at different ages/stages; • RSE being taught in such a protective way that it is not relevant to the questions children and young people are asking; • Not understanding religious teachings on RSE; • Give incorrect information to pupils & cause offence to others; • Not covering fundamental British values through RSE
  10. 10. The challenge! “We have a responsibility to educate and support children and young people so they can make positive decisions about relationships and sex. I know we can do this respectfully and well in a multi- cultural, multi-faith society, as long as we talk.” Simon Blake, Chief Executive of young people’s charity Brook in 2008
  11. 11. RSE and Sacred texts • Sacred texts mention sexual relationships in lots of ways • However, the image that many young people have is that Sacred texts: o Have nothing to say on sexual relationships; o Or if they do say something it will be something negative that will be telling them off • So are young people right?
  12. 12. So what do Sacred texts have to say..? • In Judaism & Christianity the first thing God tells Adam and Eve to do is to multiply • Sexual relations are never seen as something dirty in marriage: “You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!” Song of Solomon 4:9
  13. 13. Sacred texts cont… • Judaism teaches that the purpose for sex is not just to have children: o It is also for married people to demonstrate their love for each other • Marriage sanctifies the relationship between men and women: “The mating of animals is a temporary and purely physical act. Through the sanctification of marriage, a husband and wife become the closest of relatives.” Maimonides, 12th Century
  14. 14. Sacred texts cont… • In the Christian New Testament it says: “In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body... Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh… This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5:28-33 “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” 1 Corinthians 6:18-19
  15. 15. Sacred texts cont… • One Qur'an verse states: "The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: On them will God pour His mercy: for God is Exalted in power, Wise." (Al-Tauba, 9:71) • Even though there are strict Islamic beliefs regarding sexuality: o Islamic beliefs always emphasize that there is a divine reward for sexual relationships within marriage; o Permissible sexual relationships are considered as great wells of love and closeness; o Sex is viewed as a recreational purpose, for strengthening the bonds between couple; o Islamic laws explicitly state that both the partners are entitled to sexual gratification in a marriage.
  16. 16. Sacred texts cont… • Muslims view: o Sexual intercourse as an act of worship that fulfils emotional and physical needs as well as being procreative; o Having children is the way in which humans can contribute towards Allah’s creation; o Sexual intercourse is a gift from Allah and therefore can only take place within a married relationship; • Islam encourages people to marry and not to lead celibate lives; • Marriage places a responsibility on both the husband and the wife to meet each other’s sexual needs.
  17. 17. Sacred texts cont… • Hindus believe that kama (sensual pleasure) is one of the four purusharthas (aims of life). Sex is considered a good thing which is to be enjoyed as one of the duties of married life, particularly in the desire to produce children. • However, self-control is an important aspect of Hindu teaching, so sexual intercourse has to take place between married couples only. • Before marriage young people should be in the brahmacharya (the first stage of life) when they should be concentrating on learning the sacred scriptures and observing their religious duties. Sex would be a distraction. • Sexual activity then is for the second stage in life, whilst married and putting your energies into creating a home and family.
  18. 18. Sacred texts… • The Guru Granith Sahib says: “Don't look at the vines of others, be a true husband.” Guru Arjan Sahib Ji (page1095) o Chastity is a very important aspect of Sikh teaching because the divine spark of Waheguru (God) is present in every human body, and so the body has to be kept clean and perfect; o Marriage is seen as a commitment before Waheguru and the purpose is companionship and help on their spiritual path, rather than sexual enjoyment; o Being virgin for your husband / wife is a best way to start an faithful life; o The married relationship is summed up in the phrase ‘one soul in two bodies’, so being faithful to a husband or wife is central to Sikh life; o Monogamy is the rule in Sikhism.
  19. 19. Sacred texts cont… • One of the 5 precepts (Conducts for Life) in Buddhism is: ‘Do not misuse sex’; • For monks and nuns, this means any departure from complete celibacy; • For the laity, adultery is forbidden, along with any sexual harassment or exploitation, including that within marriage; “Don't give way to heedlessness (thoughtlessness) or to intimacy with sensual delight – for a heedful (mindful, careful) person, absorbed in jhana (where your mind is free), attains an abundance of ease.” The Buddha, Dhammapada
  20. 20. Top tips for RSE teaching (1) • Involve your parents, allowing them to be part of what you are planning to do and teach! “I was really worried when I got the letter saying Marek was going to be having sex education – he was only 7. I went to the parents meeting expecting to be angry. Once I knew what sex education was – learning to be nice to people, knowing the parts of the body, naming feelings and so on I was so pleased school were doing it.” Parent of 9 year old
  21. 21. Top tips for RSE teaching (2) • A school should have: o An effective and enabling policy with an agreed values framework overseen and ratified by governors; o Strong and dynamic partnerships including partnerships with children, young people, parents, carers, communities and professionals are crucial – they all have something to offer; o Continuing Professional development that is diverse, relevant and timely and helps teachers feel confident about the subject matter, different faith and cultural perspectives.
  22. 22. Top tips for teaching RSE (3) “RSE can be provided in a way that both respects young people’s faith and allows them safe space for exploration and questioning.” Jo Sell • Every school needs to create bespoke RSE by finding the best resources and choosing resources that are suitable for your school • As educators we have to make the best choices for our pupils
  23. 23. Key principals • There are many different ideologies around RSE: o Be analytical about resources and training around RSE, knowing that every view will carry it’s own bias • Be a good student: o Increase your knowledge on religion and secular world views • Build up community relationships with a range of people of faith: o Parents at school and local community leaders are a good starting point • Understand the big picture: o Within any religion, there are range of views within each religion and between religions
  24. 24. Useful support • www.fryp.org.uk • www.brook.org.uk • RE Today publication for Yr5/6 faith sensitive SRE: ‘Body & Soul’
  25. 25. www.interfaithexplorers.com can… • Support you o Through it’s interfaith pedagogy that uses the interpretative method • Provide you o With first hand answers to questions from Christians, Muslims and Jewish people through our video clips • Help you o Understand the bigger picture within religion
  26. 26. Wrap up Any questions?
  27. 27. Contact us For further information about the webinar series and how Interfaith Explorers can support you visit: www.interfaithexplorers.com or contact Rokhsana Fiaz OBE Chief Executive Maimonides Interfaith Foundation rokhsana@maimonides-foundation.org

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