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Providing Relationships and Sex Education for Special Learners
An Essential Guide for Developing RSE Provision

ISBN 9781138487475
Published August 12, 2021 by Routledge
154 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Effective Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) provision is a right for all learners, yet it often proves challenging for educators and caregivers, particularly those teaching learners with additional needs.

This book provides practical guidance for teachers and Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) who require the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver effective RSE to young people with Special Educational Needs. It offers both specific support tailored to pupils with Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Down’s Syndrome and Autism, as well as broad support to embed a whole-school approach in mainstream and special settings. Chapters guide the reader through a range of key topics, with advice, strategies and ready-to-use resources to teach RSE in a positive and respectful way.

This much-needed book will be invaluable for education professionals, residential care providers, and anybody looking to support young people with Special Educational Needs as they learn about relationships and sex. It will also help schools to meet statutory requirements covering the delivery of Relationships and Sex Education.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Importance of Relevant RSE for Special Learners  Chapter 1: Whole School RSE Assessment and Development Planning  Chapter 2: Developing Staff Confidence in the delivery of RSE  Chapter 3: Getting Parents on board  Chapter 4: RSE for PMLD & SLD: Strategies & Teaching Ideas  Chapter 5: RSE for Down’s Syndrome: Strategies & Teaching Ideas  Chapter 6: RSE for ASD: Strategies & Teaching Ideas  Chapter 7: Planning Ahead: Securing Sustained Development in RSE  Appendix 1 Self Assessment, Learner Assessment  Appendix 2 Staff Questionnaire

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Paul Bray has 24 years of teaching and senior leadership experience in mainstream and special educational needs schools. He is the founder of INSIGHT training and support Community Interest Company (CIC) that offers support for those with additional needs, their families and professionals. After completing his Masters, Plymouth Marjon University invited Paul to teach on the BA SEND degree course. He is also a member of their Professional Advisory Group.


Paul Bray wonderfully champions the rights of those with learning disabilities to have access to the very best teaching and learning in this vital part of their lives […]They need this education now and those of us engaged with their lives owe it to them to provide the very best.

David S Stewart, OBE D.Litt.h.c. DL, Nottingham