DO…SRE self-assessment

How do you make sex and relationships education (SRE) great? Start here with a quick self-assessment.

Your answers to the 10 questions below generate instant results, which will highlight the resources from our toolkit that will best support you in making SRE great in your school.

Do the self-assessment.

1 It can be difficult to give SRE the prominence it deserves in the curriculum, especially when very little of what makes it great is compulsory (sex education that includes the biology of sex, HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections).1 What proportion of the SRE currently being taught in your school goes above and beyond compulsory topics, e.g. allows sufficient time to cover an array of topics, including relationships, consent, responsibilities to others, and/or explores a range of views and beliefs about sexual relationships?

2 An up-to-date SRE policy is the foundation of effective, high quality SRE.1 When was the last time your SRE policy was reviewed to ensure that it will drive great SRE in your school?

3 Effective SRE is best achieved through a whole-school approach1 – a cohesive, collective and collaborative initiative that is strategically constructed to improve student learning. To what extent does SRE and its values (provision of accurate information by competent, confident educators; positive inclusivity; respect for different attitudes; encouragement of mutual respect; respect for age and level of learners; ensuring children know their rights; actively involving pupils as participants; providing a safe and secure learning environment) pervade the way your school teaches and functions?

4 In September 2015 Ofsted replaced the key judgement ‘Behaviour and Safety’ with ‘Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare’, which includes SRE as part of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. How confident are you of meeting Ofsted standards in light of this change to the key judgements their inspectors are making?

5 Great schools tend to offer high quality SRE.2 How well is this understood by the stakeholders at your school?

6 According to the Natsal-3* survey, 70% of young people surveyed would have liked to have learned more about sex and relationships from lessons in school.3 Do you feel that your school’s SRE topics reflect the wants and needs of young people?

7 Effective SRE programmes are enhanced through collaboration with parents/carers and teachers.1 How much does your SRE encompass input from these parties?

8 Schools have a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all young people within them.1 How aware are your staff of the procedures for dealing with and reporting safeguarding concerns?

9 SRE is best taught by a teacher who is passionate about the topic, highly capable and able to drive the subject forward.4 Does your currently appointed SRE teacher have the support they need to give SRE the prominence it deserves?

10 Awareness of accessible sexual health services within and outside of schools can have a positive influence on the sexual wellbeing of young people.4 Are young people in your school aware of sexual health services that could provide additional advice and support?

*  The third British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (2010-2012) surveying nearly 4,000 young people (16-24 years).
  1. Sex and relationships education (SRE) for the 21st century (2014). Supplementary advice to the Sex and Relationship Education Guidance DfEE (0116/2000).
  2. Ofsted (2013). Not yet good enough: personal, social, health and economic education in schools. Reference no. 130065. Crown copyright.
  3. Macdowall W et. al. (2015) Associations between source of information about sex and sexual health outcomes in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3), BMJ Open; 5:e007837 doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2015-007837
  4. Sex Education Forum (2015). SRE – the evidence. Evidence Briefing.
Get your resource recommendations

Your result: doing the basics

Despite a number of requirements and statutory duties, nearly half of English secondary schools still need to improve their SRE provision.1

There is overwhelming evidence that SRE is essential to young people and society as a whole.

And we’re also in no doubt that ensuring a whole-school approach is one of the trickiest tasks many schools will face.

With DO…, an online resource specially created in association with a collaboration of SRE experts and Durex, you can transform your school’s ability to deliver open and honest SRE.

Here’s what you can do:

Your results suggest that you are doing the basics, but there is a great opportunity for you to do even more for SRE and the young people in your school. And great opportunity doesn’t need to mean vast changes. With DO…, we can help you break the task into small chunks, to improve what you have now and to help you lay the foundations for a highly effective, top quality SRE programme.

Let’s make great SRE happen for the young people in your school. For each area of the self-assessment, we have developed resources to help you.

We’ve highlighted the resources below from DO... that are most relevant to you, but there are even more on offer in the DO... Action plan toolkit.

Your result: doing well

It’s clear that you’re doing what you can to ensure that young people have access to essential information about sex and relationships.

With the right experience, information and resources, small changes in the areas highlighted by your self-assessment can help make a good SRE programme become a great SRE programme. These changes can range from small adjustments in the SRE classroom environment to ensuring a whole-school approach.

DO… can help you make great SRE happen in your school. Your responses to the self-assessment will help you evaluate key areas where you could make improvements. And once you start, you’ll begin to see real improvements in SRE that will continue to develop.

We’ve highlighted the resources below from DO… that are most relevant to you, but there are even more on offer in the DO... Action plan toolkit.

Your result: doing great!

Great schools do great sex and relationships education.1

You score suggests you must be one of them, which is excellent.

You are already playing an essential role helping young people in our society access the open and honest sex and relationships education they both want and deserve. Now, just imagine how much more we could achieve for SRE in our schools with you, and others like you, leading the way.

Have a look at the DO… resources listed below. The world changes continuously, along with the needs of young people; you may find new ideas, new skills and new techniques in our DO…support that could further enhance your SRE offering. In particular, you might be able to identify key teachers within your school who have played or could play important roles in inspiring greatness in others. Also, don’t miss the chance to register your interest for our SRE teacher training roadshows, coming soon in 2016.

Let’s make great SRE happen for everyone.

Build an effective SRE Programme

Great SRE — where to begin.

Discover the evidence

Why is SRE so important to the development of young people?

Update your SRE policy

The importance of updating your school’s SRE policy to encompass great SRE.

Further your safeguarding policy

How can you protect the wellbeing of all young people in your school?

Understand the requirements

How to ensure that SRE in your school meets Ofsted standards.

Work in collaboration

The importance of endorsement from school governors and parents/carers.

Inspire great teachers

Why you should identify, develop and empower SRE champions in your school.

Enhance your content

How to transform your SRE programme with lesson plans, content and activities that inspire.

Spread the word — the whole-school approach

How a whole-school approach can enhance SRE.

Increase awareness of services

Why you should ensure young people can access additional services outside of school.

All DO… resources have been developed by, and in conjunction with, a collaboration of key sexual health leaders and Durex who are committed to improving SRE in our schools. This means that each and every resource offers validated insight from trusted sources.

1 Ofsted. Not yet good enough: personal, social, health and economic education in schools. Reference no. 130065. Crown copyright, 2013.