Addressing pornography through PSHE education – teacher briefing

Addressing pornography through PSHE education – teacher briefing

Our guidance builds on research into the potential impact of pornography on young people, outlining how to effectively address issues relating to pornography through the PSHE curriculum. This includes why to teach about it, how to teach about it, and how to build this learning into a wider PSHE programme.

This work is timely given the new requirement for secondary schools to teach that ‘sexually explicit material, e.g. pornography, presents a distorted picture of sexual behaviours, can damage the way people see themselves in relation to others and negatively affect how they behave towards sexual partners’ as part of statutory Relationships and Sex Education at secondary. We also explore the key role primary educators play in laying the foundations for secondary teaching by covering personal and online safety, respect in different types of relationships and media literacy.

Alongside this teacher guidance, we have launched a research briefing for educators, written by Dr Elly Hanson. This briefing will provide teachers with an overview of key research into the potential impact and harms of pornography. We will be publishing a further evidence review later this year.

We hope this guidance will increase the number of schools addressing this important issue confidently and to a high standard through PSHE education.

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