Category: Education

  As someone who passionately voted to Remain in the EU, along with millions of others, I was left distraught by the Brexit victory. In the days and weeks immediately following the referendum, I engaged in debates and dialogue with my fellow Remainers surrounding the disturbingly narrow margin by which the vote was...

I heaved a sigh of relief when it was announced that sex and relationship education was to be made compulsory in schools. But before we start, let’s take a look at what they’re learning. I present to you two pamphlets: ‘4 Boys’ and ‘4 Girls’ – these were originally published in 2004, but are still distributed to schools...

Mrs Andrews has been teaching for over 30 years – always in local senior school comprehensives. She began as a Home Economics teacher and later taught Food Technology, Child Development, and Health and Social Care.   How long have you been teaching sex education? Well, I’ve given students information about sex when...

In 2013, Dr Debby Herbenick gave a TED talk in Bloomington, Indiana, with the title ‘Making Sex Normal’. In short, she argued that sex should become a part of our conversation and the taboo surrounding it should be abandoned – naturally, I am on board with this! When something as fundamental as reproduction and sex is...

Dear Grandad, It’s me, Sophie, your granddaughter. You don’t recognise who I am anymore. I know who you are, but you aren’t the same. I wish I could have told you so many things before you developed dementia. There are things I wish I could have said when you would have been able to comprehend, but finding out that...

I came to Newcastle at the end of 2013 as a Erasmus student from Germany, feeling immediately at home in a city that shares not only an industrial historical background with my hometown Dortmund, but also a very similar spirit and idiom among the people living there: down-to-earth and fun loving, sometimes mouthy but...

Period poverty is something we’ve long been aware of in the developing world, but recently many of us have had our eyes open to horrifying issues being faced right here on our doorstep. The charity Freedom4Girls, who normally send supplies to Kenya, has for the first time provided towels and tampons to a local Leeds...

Myself, like too many others, have struggled with sexuality, encountered domestic and sexual abuse, been bullied, tormented and done things that we will always regret. I strongly believe that so much of this could have been prevented with the correct education in schools. If the staff had made me comfortable enough to...

In January, the conservatives blocked plans for LGBT inclusive sex education in our schools. This reform would have made education on same sex relationships, sexual consent and abuse in relationships mandatory. A couple of weeks later Tory MP Philip Davis (accompanied by fellow back-benchers) spent four and a half...

It’s common knowledge that the most important event in the history of the earth was meant to take place in the year 2012, according to the Mayans: Doomsday. It’s now 2016 and I’m pleased to say we’re all still very much alive –  I don’t think we’ll be relying on the Mayan predictions again any time soon. Having said that, a...