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Become a Partner

The Sex Education Forum was founded in 1987 on the basis of partnership between organisations with a common interest in children and young people receiving their entitlement to relationships and sex education (RSE). 

Today, partnership is still the basis of who we are and what we do. Our Partners include local authorities, NHS trusts, VCSOs and academic institutions, and span national and local organisations and individuals, all working with a shared commitment to evidence-based RSE. 

To become a Partner you or your organisation should be in agreement with our 10 values and principles for RSE. Applications are reviewed by our Trustees.  

Benefits of Partnership

Our Partners are entitled to the following benefits, in addition to all the benefits enjoyed by members: 

  • Free tickets for our autumn, spring and summer remote half-day CPD events. These events feature good practice, research and policy with contributions from guests including DfE and Ofsted. 
  • Exclusive invitation to termly (3 per year) 'Partners Connect' meetings, held using zoom
  • Clear listing as a partner on our website including description, web-link, logo and email address 
  • Your new resources, training, research promoted across our full membership and through our training
  • Use of the 'Proud to be a Partner' logo on your website 
  • Involvement in our policy work, for example attend the Partners Policy Group meetings 
  • Full membership benefits including regular bulletin, access to our web-based resources and discounts on our training courses

The excellent support and partner events over the course of the year provide real, practical insight and direction. I'd be lost without them!

Gill Finch, Schools’ Equalities Co-ordinator, Northumberland County Council

Shared values and principles 

The Sex Education Forum believe high quality RSE should: 

  • Be accurate and factual, covering a comprehensive range of information about sex, relationships, the law and sexual health, in order to make informed choices. In schools this should be part of compulsory curriculum provision;
  • Be positively inclusive in terms of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, culture, age, religion or belief or other life-experience particularly HIV status and pregnancy;
  • Include the development of skills to support healthy and safe relationships and ensure good communication about these issues;
  • Promote a critical awareness of the different attitudes and views on sex and relationships within society such as peer norms and those portrayed in the media;
  • Provide opportunities for reflection in order to nurture personal values based on mutual respect and care;
  • Be part of lifelong learning, starting early in childhood and continuing throughout life. It should reflect the age and level of the learner;
  • Ensure children and young people are clearly informed of their rights such as how they can access confidential advice and health services within the boundaries of safeguarding;
  • Be relevant and meet the needs of children and young people, and actively involve them as participants, advocates and evaluators in developing good quality provision;
  • Be delivered by competent and confident educators;
  • Be provided within a learning environment which is safe for the children, young people and adults involved and based on the principle that prejudice, discrimination and bullying are harmful and unacceptable.


Our pricing structure is designed to be accessible to individuals and small organisations. Pay as you go to share the benefits with more colleagues within your organisation. 

  • £199 per year provides membership benefits for the account holder and one colleague
  • Add additional users for a fee of £35 each 

It has been inspiring to have a forum where professionals can share ideas and work out potential solutions to current challenges.

Lorraine King, Islington health and wellbeing team.

Make your application to become a Partner

If you are interested in becoming a Partner please complete the application form available to download below and contact [email protected] with any questions.