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Bracknell Forest’s relationships and sex education among best in the country

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Young people in Bracknell Forest benefit from some of the best relationships and sex education in the country, according to leading sexual health charities.

Bracknell Forest Council’s early help targeted youth support service has been recognised by Brook and the Family Planning Association for its innovative relationships and sex education (RSE) programme for the borough’s young people aged 11 to 19.

The programme is delivered across all secondary schools in Bracknell Forest and covers topics including contraceptives and laws around consent. It is designed to ensure all young people are informed about age appropriate relationships and sex education, helping them to make the right choices.

Following the announcement that RSE is to become mandatory in all schools in England by 2019, the charities joined forces to pick out the best examples of schools based RSE throughout the UK to help shape the national curriculum.

The charities worked with a panel of young people to pick out the 5 best examples to be presented as high-quality RSE examples to Government ministers and policymakers. The panel shortlisted Bracknell Forest’s RSE programme among the top 5, meaning it may help to shape the national curriculum in 2019.

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said:

I am delighted our RSE programme has been recognised as one of the top 5 in the country.

We are committed to ensuring all children and young people get the best start to life and this programme gives young people the support they need to feel confident in making safe and appropriate choices, an essential part of equipping them for adult life.

Having our programme featured in the report will mean the team’s hard work will not only help young people in the borough, it will also benefit those up and down the country, for years to come.

Natika Halil, chief executive at the Family Planning Association, said:

The change in law means that the Government will be looking to develop new RSE guidance, and we’re keen to make sure the decision makers are aware of the very best examples, such as this.

We hope the programme delivered by Bracknell Forest early help targeted youth support service will be replicated across the country, so that all young people can benefit from the high quality, age-appropriate relationships and sex education they deserve.