Catherine Martin T.D. has welcomed the publishing of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skill’s Report on Relationships and Sexuality Education.
Speaking today Deputy Martin said:
“This report acknowledges a need to move to a more nuanced and inclusive curriculum. The topics of relationships and sexuality are complex, and students will come to the classroom with varying experiences and needs. Making sure that the programme is fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ experiences is hugely important not only in tackling discrimination and othering of non-heterosexual experiences, but also in helping students to understand their own feelings and those of their classmates.
“The report also presents a realistic understanding of what students require from RSE, which is hugely important in equipping young people for the challenges they face. Issues about sexual consent or the negative impact of pornography are things that affect everyone and it is high time that we discussed this in an educational space.
“I am also delighted that we are calling for strong oversight of external facilitators of RSE by either the Department of Education or by the HSE. Ensuring that the programme is delivered at a consistent standard, with evidence based teaching, is important for students. Throughout our work on this report, it was apparent that the level of RSE varied hugely between schools. No student should have to miss out on a comprehensive RSE simply because of where they go to school.”
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