Brook statement on OFSTED review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

Brook is saddened, but not surprised at the findings from the OFSTED review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges, including that: sexual harassment has become ‘normalised’ in schools; teachers don’t feel prepared to teach the subject, and may lack knowledge on topics like consent, healthy relationships and sharing of sexual images; RSE does notContinue reading “Brook statement on OFSTED review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges”

Consent must be the bedrock of RSE curriculums

Nick Dunne is Brook’s Business Development Manager. He has many years of experience as a sexual health educator and trauma-informed counsellor. In this blog, he explains why consent education needs to be a consistent theme throughout a young person’s time at school.  The Everyone’s Invited campaign has seen a huge number of responses from people sharing their experiences of harassment, sexualContinue reading “Consent must be the bedrock of RSE curriculums”

How I got here: Brook Director of Digital and Communications

Laura Hamzic, Director of Digital & Communications at Brook, is responsible for the digital strategy and transformation of the organisation. Here, she talks about her journey into a digital career in sexual health. When I think back to careers conversations at school, I have to laugh. Admittedly it was the late 1990s and careers in ‘digital’ just weren’tContinue reading “How I got here: Brook Director of Digital and Communications”

Contraception and endometriosis: an arduous journey

In this guest blog, 27-year-old Bima Loxley compares the lengthy journey she went through to reach an endometriosis diagnosis to the challenge of finding a method of contraception that was right for her. She explains why we need better education for young people to equip them to successfully tackle these issues. A new report hasContinue reading “Contraception and endometriosis: an arduous journey”

How Relationships Education supports children and their parents

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Dr Kerry Ashton-Shaw, talks to us from the position of being a parent and psychologist, about the ways in which RSE is beneficial for children’s development. What if there was something that we could provide for ourContinue reading “How Relationships Education supports children and their parents”

From frogs and diaphragms to the modern world of RSE

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Here, award winning fatherhood and lifestyle blogger John Adams talks to us about his experiences of sex education growing up, and why he thinks mandatory RSE is good for young people. It’s 2020 andContinue reading “From frogs and diaphragms to the modern world of RSE”

Why we need better representation of people with learning disabilities

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. In this blog, Richard Lawrence, Project Support Assistant at Mencap, tells us why it’s so important that we see better representation of people with a learning disability in education and the media. I haveContinue reading “Why we need better representation of people with learning disabilities”

Why all young people deserve RSE

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. This anonymous blog is from a young person whose lack of relationships and sex education (RSE) at school meant she had to turn to porn for information. She hopes the introduction of mandatory RSEContinue reading “Why all young people deserve RSE”

How to make sure your RSE is LGBT+ inclusive

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Here, Brook Education and Wellbeing Specialist, Emilie Cousins, talks to us about what teachers can do to make their RSE curriculum inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. “What if I say the wrong thing? I’mContinue reading “How to make sure your RSE is LGBT+ inclusive”

10 top tips for your first time teaching RSE

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. In this blog, Jo Quinn draws on her experience as a Brook Education and Wellbeing Coordinator, to give her top tips on how to approach teaching RSE for the first time.   Research the topic  Be sureContinue reading “10 top tips for your first time teaching RSE”