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Brook’s BIG RSE Lesson

16 September 2020

On 16 September 2020, Brook held a live RSE lesson on healthy relationships and consent for students in year 9 and above.

With support from partners LearnLive and Mentimeter, the lesson was broadcast to schools and individuals across the country and students were able to interact in real time, sharing their experiences of relationships during lockdown.

A recording of the lesson is available to view on LearnLive and can be used to support RSE delivery in schools.

Resources

With support from CEOP, we have curated a selection of resources to use in follow-up RSE lessons about relationships, consent and online safety.

More free resources, including handouts and animations, are available in our resource library.

Professionals can also access a number of free online training courses to help prepare for the delivery of mandatory RSE on our bespoke e-learning platform: Brook Learn.

Online safety
  • Brook help and advice: staying safe online
  • Information, advice and guidance from Brook about staying safe online, covering topics such as sexting, online relationships,social media and cyber bullying. Also includes real stories from young people about their experiences with the online world that can be used to support discussions in the classroom.

Thinkuknow

Thinkuknow is the national online safety education programme from NCA-CEOP which helps to protect children from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online.

Professionals working with teens can use Thinuknow session plans to help young people spot the signs of manipulative, pressurising and abusive behaviour online and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to access help when they need it.

  • Send me a pic? – Three sessions including seven films for 12-14 year olds on issues related to consensual and non-consensual nude image sharing. Send me a pic? starts a positive, supportive dialogue with young people at an age where research shows they are becoming aware of, and affected by, such issues.
  • Thinkuknow toolkit – This toolkit of activities enables you to use the Thinkuknow website as an engaging learning resource for young people aged 11 and over. Supporting young people to explore the information, advice and guidance on Thinkuknow.co.uk will help them to develop confident and healthy approaches to sex, relationships and the internet.
  • Online blackmail – A session plan for 15-18 year olds exploring the key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, the impact it can have, and how to access help if they experience it.
  • Exploited – A film and supporting session plans which explore issues of emotional and sexual abuse within teenage relationships. This resource aims to help young people recognise exploitative behaviours, and the signs of an abusive relationship.

More information

Young people aged 14 and up can visit thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus to read age appropriate advice on sex, relationships and the internet. Information on key topics can be found in the articles below.

When nudes get shared around
Digital dating
Being loved, or being used?
Viewing porn
Online grooming

Healthy relationships
  • Brook help and advice: relationships
  • Information, advice and guidance from Brook about relationships, covering topics such as communication, loneliness, looking for a relationship and non-monogamous relationships. Also includes real stories from young people about their experiences with relationships that can be used to support discussions in the classroom.
  • Abuse in relationships
  • Clear and accessible information about spotting the signs of abuse in a relationships and guidance on how to seek help and support.
  • Having sex for the first time
  • Information and guidance from Brook for young people thinking about having sex for the first time.
  • Coping with a break-up
  • Video with tips on coping with a break up in British Sign Language (with subtitles). Made in partnership with SignHealth, the deaf health charity.
  • Relationships and enduring love? – a Brook Learn course
  • Brook and The Open University have teamed up to provide a free e-learning course based on a research project called ‘Enduring Love?’ The course will guide you through key themes for teaching about relationship, with the use of engaging activities and high-quality downloadable resources.
Consent
  • How to give and get consent
  • Accessible information and guidance for young people about consent in relation to sex including how to give and get consent.
  • Consent myths and facts
  • Common myths and facts abut consent that can be used to support RSE lessons about consent, sex and relationships.
  • Consent – a Brook Learn course
  • Our four-part course supports you to help young people to understand the law, the gender norms, stereotypes and cultural factors which may affect their ability to consent and supports them to communicate about consent with their partners. Our consent course was developed as part of a joint project with the University of Sussex and is based on original doctoral research by Elsie Whittington.
  • Elsie worked extensively with young people to research what they understood about consent and to understand the reality of their own sexual experiences. The result includes the ground-breaking Consent Continuum and a series of tried-and-tested activities that Elsie developed as part of her work.
  • Talking to teenagers about consent and pleasure
  • Brook Education and Wellbeing Specialist, Lota Bantić, explains why teaching young people about consent and pleasure is an essential component of Relationships and Sex Education, and gives some tips for if you’re approaching these topics for the first time.

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