Gender Blending

In 2019, the government declared that the teaching of RSE and health education would become compulsory from September 2020. In recognition that schools may not be ready from the September, they have given until the summer term 2021, to start teaching.

The guidance states that in teaching Relationships Education and RSE, schools should ensure that the needs of all pupils are appropriately met, and that all pupils understand the importance of equality and respect.”

This unit explores issues around gender expression that relate to all pupils, not just those who are LGBT+, as all young people question their place in society at some point as they grow up. There is a mix of scientific and social information to help pupils question society’s changing values, exploring attitudes towards sexuality and gender within this context.

Relationships are not explored in this unit as these are addressed within the Building Better Relationships Unit.It is recommended that both units are explored together.

Lessons

Lesson One: Gender Blending This lesson explores what it means to be a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ by looking at the biological differences between them before exploring society’s attitudes towards gender.

Lesson Two: Pride and Prejudice This lesson builds on lesson 1 by looking at a brief LGBT+ history, to give context to prejudice, and make pupils question current attitudes. It then moves on to look at bullying, why it happens and what to do about it.

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