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Lessons in Love and Understanding
Relationships, Sexuality and Gender in the Classroom



June 2020 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Sex and gender are delicate and nuanced issues for all of us and can be intimidating topics to teach. This practical, empathetic book aims to dispel some of the uncertainties that many teachers have and empower them to lead inclusive, age-appropriate lessons in primary and secondary schools.

Taking an approach that celebrates the individual identity of all learners, and underpinned by an awareness of the complexity of language around these topics, this book offers a careful evaluation of the 2020 Relationship and Sex Education policy for schools in England, and how schools can offer intelligent, socially responsible, sex education that goes beyond simply meeting statutory requirements.

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Chapter 1: Understanding the self
 
Chapter 2: Gender
 
Chapter 3: Relationships
 
Chapter 4: Sexuality and sex
 
Chapter 5: Gender and sexology through the Ages
 
Chapter 6: Policy, Guidance and Sign Posting for Teachers
 
Chapter 7: Establishing a safe learning and teaching space
 
Chapter 8: Ethics, advocacy and who does what

‘There has never been a more important time to help teachers explore the complexities of teaching sex and relationship education that truly represents the diverse nature of the families and society which young people inhabit. This book will be an invaluable aid to teachers in confidently having sensitive conversations about gender and sexual diversity.’

Dominic Davies
Founder and CEO of Pink Therapy

‘Informative, helpful and packed with practical advice for all Key Stages, this is a timely and important book.’

Professor Dame Alison Peacock
Chief Executive Chartered College of Teaching

‘This is an important book in the too-often overlooked field of gender and sexuality education for young people. If appropriately applied, it should lead to a quiet revolution in the physical and mental health of young people who have so unreasonably been disenfranchised by the lack of quality, accessible information in this vital area.’

Professor Christina Richards
Head of Psychology, Adult Service Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust & Visiting Professor of Gender and Mental Health Regents University London

This is a practical, no-nonsense text offering guidance on how to address some challenging areas which will be really helpful for students considering progression to a career in teaching.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
August 2, 2020

Given the new RSE curriculum this has been helpful

Mr Tom Cowan
Plymouth Institute of Education, Plymouth University
July 31, 2020

Jenni Gates

Jenni Gates is currently working in private practice as an integrative counselling therapist, in Devon, England as well as offering online counselling internationally.  She is also a counsellor for Pink Therapy and has a special interest in non-binary gender identities.  Jenni has a great deal of experience working with young people and families, including delivering relationship and sex education at several schools and education centres across the UK since 2003.  She is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and believes education is key to a happier healthier world.  More About Author

Scott Buckler

Scott Buckler has an extensive career in education, as a primary and secondary school teacher, elearning developer, and as a principal lecturer, having worked for four universities predominantly in education, psychology and inclusion. Scott has led degree programmes from undergraduate to doctoral level, and lectured predominantly on applied educational psychology, research methods, elearning and leadership. Scott has a PhD in anthropology and is widely published in the areas of psychology and education. He is a Chartered Teacher and a Chartered Psychologist with expertise in transpersonal psychology. In recent years, Scott has returned to... More About Author