Relationships and Sex Education, RSE, (formerly SRE) will - at long last - become compulsory across all schools in England from September 2019. The previous guidance on RSE dates back to 2000, the year I began secondary school. It is quite alarming to think that the young people of today have not had updated RSE guidance since the days my friends and I were walking around the corridors in Year 7, singing Craig David’s ‘7 Days’. Let’s just spend a little time thinking about what has changed, since I started Secondary School back in September 2000.
Staying with the music theme, in 2000 UK music chart positions were solely made up of how many physical copies of a song were sold. This meant physically going to a shop and paying £3.99 for a single, it may have an additional ‘B side’ version if you were lucky, the bonus being the lyrics were always printed in the front cover! How many young people today do you think even own a CD player? Let alone walk into town to spend nearly £4 on one song? In fact, only 0.03% of music that makes it into the UK music chart has been physically purchased from a shop. Everything else is online. Our young people today purchase music as and when they want to through devices or tablets. Registering with playlist apps to gain unlimited songs on demand and having all the music they could wish for at their fingertips. How amazing is that? What a wonderful thing for young people and I cannot imagine they will be flooding back to music stores any time soon. So how is it possible that one small element of the world we live has so dramatically changed over the last 18 years, however the immensely important issue of sex education has not been updated? Young people are resilient, flow with change and are ready to discuss important issues around sex that affect them, however the guidance from the government has been ‘keeping