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Is Education in Wales just Ideology?

The Bill became law in March 2021. The “Religion, Values and Ethics” element which is included in it encompasses compulsory lessons on atheism and “non-religious” views for all pupils. Therefore, at the same time as spiritual elements being included in the curriculum, they are being undermined by setting them in a context that is anti-spiritual! I wonder whether…

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Lovewise resources for secondary RSE

It has been disturbing to see so many recent testimonies of sexual abuse in secondary schools. There is clearly a growing problem in how many teenagers relate to one another. Without a doubt increased sexual expression, both in and out of school, has been fuelled by the ever-more prevalent availability of pornographic material. Sexualised material…

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We warned them!

News has broken this Easter-time of horrific reports of child-on-child sexual abuse and harassment across the nation’s schools (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/schools-cover-up-sexual-abuse-by-pupils-htqjjx05s).  There have apparently been thousands of anonymous testimonies of serious sexual abuse and rape in schools from students and alumni.     Soma Sara, who founded the website Everyone’s Invited, to provide a platform for her friends where they could share stories of…

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week. Schools across the country were involved in lots of exciting ways. At our small independent primary school, we used a great new resource with our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes. Our school had been operating remotely because of lockdown so we were limited in what…

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New RSE Regulations – Are they legally accurate?

New RSE Regulations, passed in 2019, were due to come into force in schools from September 2020, though their implementation has been held over till the summer term of this year due to the pandemic. They cover a range of issues to do with behaviour, relationships, sexuality, sexual orientation and gender, raising profound moral issues that have divided humankind throughout history.  Michael Petek, in this…