The best teaching methods and resources

The best teaching methods and resources


A safe learning environment

A safe learning environment that promotes open and non-judgmental discussions about sex and relationships is needed for every SRE lesson. Use of a group agreement helps establish acceptable boundaries, promote respect for each others' views and supports anti-discriminatory practice.

Participative learning methods

The knowledge and beliefs that young people bring to the classroom should be the starting point for SRE. Varied and interactive teaching methods should be used which give young people opportunities to express their own ideas, learn about the views of their peers and to reflect on discussions. Examples include activities in pairs and groups, games, class discussions and role play. Good quality SRE is also fun!

Good resources

Well chosen resources can enrich the teaching and learning of SRE. Resources should be factually correct and up-to-date. They should portray positive images of a range of children and young people. Teachers must also be confident about using them.

Routine assessment

Assessment as part of each SRE unit checks if the intended learning has been achieved. SRE can be assessed through quizzes, portfolios and observation. Schools may also consider end of year tests and some education providers run awards and certificates at various levels, which provides an accreditation system. 


Key questions


Are ground rules in use for SRE lessons?


Have resources been selected using clear criteria?


Are learning methods varied and dynamic?


Are assessment opportunities built into the curriculum?


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Effective learning methods Ext Visitors




Effective learning methods: approaches to teaching about sex and relationships within PSHE and Citizenship [PDF 790KB] (Factsheet 34, 2005)
External visitors and sex and relationships education (2010) [PDF 293KB] Assessment, Evaluation and Sex and Relationships Education: a practical toolkit for education, health and community settings. Second Edition (2012) Simon Blake & Stella Muttock, revised by Sam Beal and Lisa Handy [Book]
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Boys and young men: developing effective sex and relationships education in schools (2006) [PDF 101KB]  Meeting the needs of girls and young women in sex and relationships education (2000)[PDF 229KB] Sex and relationship education for children and young people with learning difficulties [PDF 100KB] (Factsheet 32, 2004)