DO… RSE for Schools

DO… RSE for Schools was a Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) resource which lived at the website dorseforschools.com from 2017 to 2021. It was sponsored by Durex and backed by a number of leading RSE organisations. At that time it was also accredited by the PSHE Association.

The resource was written by me, Justin Hancock, and Alice Hoyle. We are two of the leading RSE folk in the UK with over three decades of experience between us. In late 2021 Durex removed their support for the project and they took the website down entirely.

We thought that was a shame and so we decided to salvage the best of the resources available and put them altogether in this one document. At some point we might update this and make a website but we can’t promise anything as we also need to get paid for our work as we are both freelance. 

Download the DO… RSE for Schools resources

I’m also running a training course using DO… Check out my eventbrite page for more details.

I am now hosting my own training courses online so you can book an individual place on a course. You can see all of my available upcoming dates at my Eventbrite page.

About Alice and Justin

We both offer training, resources, project work and have both written books that you could also buy. Visit our websites to find out more. You are at my website of course, you can see all the resources I have here.

Alice also has some excellent resources, particularly her book Great Relationships and Sex Education. See her work at alicehoyle.co.uk

As part of the project I had to write a lot of copy for the agency promoting it. So here is a nice little intro about DO…

About DO… RSE for Schools

A lot of people imagine that sex education is about standing in front of a class and saying words “Penetration. Orgasm. Pornography.” Just imagine how difficult that would be, especially to a classroom full of young people convinced they knew more about this than you. 

Thankfully, doing really great sex and relationships education is not about that. We don’t believe that it should be about standing up and braving it out like that and it we won’t help you if we keep saying how tough it is to do. 

Teachers doing this deserve to have the training and support to be able to feel confident enough to deliver it. However in the meantime, by stripping SRE down to the core fundamental principles we want to help you see what you can deliver with the skills and experience you already have.

The problem with SRE teaching

Sex is a very big topic to teach. It is very personal, it’s about values, emotions, personal experience. Our own experience of sex and relationships education (and sex and relationships) means some people can talk about sex with a matter of fact confidence like any other topic whilst others feel inhibited and scared of saying the wrong thing.

Added to this, there isn’t enough SRE in the timetable for teachers to expand their knowledge and hone their skills. So not enough teachers who feel they can teach SRE get the opportunity to get better at it.

I’ve been working in SRE, teaching students and training educators, for over 15 years. I know how challenging but also how rewarding this area is. I feel like I’m learning how to be a better sex and relationships educator with every class and training course I deliver.

It’s great to have sexual health expertise in the classroom but it’s not always necessary. Delivering great SRE is not about being an expert, or even a sexpert. It’s about using really effective teaching skills, to listen not tell. 

What is great SRE

So what is great SRE? 

Well it’s open and honest. Sex, sexuality, relationships, gender and you (us) are complicated and we are all learning all the time. Even me.

It includes absolutely everyone, whoever they may want to have sex and relationships with (or not). 

It focusses on values and skills as well as information. 

We make it about them, not us. So we deliver what young people want.

It’s inspired by great teachers who know how to listen and encourage. 

But ultimately, great SRE does right by young people. 

DO teachers resource

We share a common goal of putting young people first. So to help us achieve it, DO have developed a range of resources designed specifically for you, the SRE teachers and champions. 

These resources will help young people to think about how they can look after themselves and each other. To challenge expectations placed on them by society around their identity and relationships. Give them the opportunity to think about what sex and relationships they might want rather than what they feel they should have. And how to make sure their sexual encounters are safer as well as nurturing and enjoyable. 

There are interactive and challenging lesson plans that will help your lessons really click. They are not about talks and powerpoint, but about real engagement designed to promote critical thinking and real change.

Anyway, if that sounds good, do download the resources below

Download the DO… RSE for Schools resources

© Justin Hancock, 2022

Justin Hancock has been a trained sex and relationships educator since 1999. In that time he’s taught and given advice about sex and relationships with thousands of young people and adults in person and millions online at his website for young people BISH. He’s a member of the World Association for Sexual Health. Find out more about Justin here and stay up to day by signing up for the newsletter.