Our approach is informed by the latest evidence-based research.

Key sources on RSE best practice:

Research by Pandora Pound et al., Bristol University

Findings include:

  • Staff delivering SRE should be trained educators, have expertise in sexual health, be sex-positive and enthusiastic about delivering SRE. 1
  • One of [secondary school pupils'] key messages is that they would prefer not to have SRE delivered by familiar teachers. This is not just because they believe their teachers will be embarrassed or lack expertise, but also because they feel that it could blur boundaries and introduce awkwardness into the teacher-pupil relationship. 2
  • Schools appear to have difficulty accepting that some young people are sexually active, leading to SRE that is out of touch with many young people’s lives. Young people report that SRE can be negative, gendered and heterosexist. 3

Sex Education Forum

The Sex Education Forum has developed a 12-point statement which explains what is needed for good quality RSE, all based on research evidence.

You can download copies of the poster (featured right) here.

Focus Groups

Sexplain has also run its own focus groups with young people across the UK to find out their thoughts about sex, relationships and SRE.

Their answers to some of our questions have been turned into 'wordclouds', pictured below. For the full documentation of our findings, see here.

We have used young people's voices to shape our programme design. We have also used ideas gathered at our 'Fantasy Sex Ed' event at the Science Museum in collaboration with Fumble.