Relationships and sexuality education: a guide for teachers, leaders, and boards of trustees; years 9-13

Toolkits & Guides
Ministry of Education
64 p.

This book is a revision of Sexuality Education: A guide for principals, boards of trustees, and teachers (2015). The Ministry of Education has refreshed these guidelines to make explicit the key learning at each curriculum level. This key learning includes ideas for building a young person’s life skills – emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental. The revised title reflects the Ministry’s focus on relationships as an essential part of sexuality education. This resource is intended for all state and state-integrated English-medium schools in Aotearoa New Zealand with ākonga (students) in years 9–13. Its overall aim is to enable these schools to deliver effective, quality programmes covering relationships and sexuality education (RSE) to their ākonga. It describes a school-wide approach to RSE focused on the idea of wellbeing. In planning RSE programmes, policies, and procedures, it is essential that schools: 1) Consult with their community, as required by the Education and Training Act 2020, on how to implement the relevant parts of the health education curriculum; 2) Explicitly recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi and develop the partnership between Māori and other treaty partners in the context of RSE; 3) Uphold the human rights of all people, as set out in key national and international statements.

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