The Rainbow Project has welcomed the findings of the ‘Evaluation of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in Post-Primary Schools’ carried out by the Education and Training Inspectorate. The report summarises the findings of an evaluation, of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland.
Speaking on the report The Rainbow Projects Education Equality Officer Gavin Boyd said ‘We are particularly encouraged by the recognition, from 78.2% of school staff surveyed, that issues associated with sexual orientation require further support and guidance. 46.5% of respondents stated that they required further information on how to deal with difficult situations regarding disclosures on issues around the outcomes of sexual activity, pregnancy or sexual orientation.
‘The joint Education Equality project created by The Rainbow Project and Cara-Friend has been working with schools across Northern Ireland to provide schools with the information and guidance they require to deal with all issues or sexual orientation and gender identity. The uptake from schools has been positive but highlights the need for greater structural support from Boards of Governors and the Department of Education.
He continued ‘The results of this evaluation represent an opportunity for schools in Northern Ireland to improve how they approach issues of sexual orientation. Teachers, based on their close relationships with young people, are responding to the gaps in current school policies regarding sexual orientation and it is now time for Principals, Boards of Governors and the Department of Education to give teachers the information, support and guidance they need’.