Relationships and sexuality education resources

New resources have been developed to support wellbeing and the teaching and learning of relationships and sexuality education (RSE) in schools and kura in ways that are effective, safe and inclusive. 

The Ministry of Education says the resources are clear, easy to use, bicultural and inclusive. They contain information on consent, the use of digital technologies and healthy relationships. As well as showcasing effective practice, the resources support pedagogical knowledge development, include frequently queried topics and provide guidance on creating inclusive environments.

A module providing educators with practical skills and evidence-based information to talk about the sensitive topic of pornography is included. Resources to make it easier for teachers to notice and respond to social and emotional learning using the Key Competencies are also part of the package.

The new resources support ‘Relationships and Sexuality Education: A guide for teachers, leaders and boards of trustees’, released by the Ministry of Education in 2020.

The release of the guide and the resources follows a 2018 Education Review Office report noting that the curriculum would benefit from more support for the teaching and learning of relationship and sexuality issues. The Ministry says they also reflect feedback from the Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation calling on schools to take more action against bullying, violence and child abuse, to be more inclusive, and to help students recognise the importance of diversity and respect in relationships.

The aim is to assist educators and boards to implement the national curriculum, take a consistent approach to wellbeing, and to meet community consultation requirements. Some of the new RSE resources are appropriate for primary and secondary schools and kura, others apply more to one or the other. The suite includes resources specifically designed for Māori-medium settings and for English-medium settings.

“We have worked with providers and stakeholders including universities, government departments, non-government organisations, teachers, and young people to develop these resources. They will be helpful to know about for anyone working in wellbeing, Health and Physical education, pastoral care, and all staff looking to support LGBTQIA+ young people,” said the Ministry in its announcement.

The new resources are available online on Health & PE · TKI(external link)


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