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Tackling teenage pregnancies

As national conception rates for girls under 18 fall, three councils' successful approaches are outlined.

Relationships and sex education: 'What I wish I had learned about sex'

From September 2019 relationships and sex education (RSE) will be a statutory requirement for all schools in England. Young people and adults share their experiences and hopes for a new curriculum.

Special Report: PSHE Education

Personal, social, health and economic education has long been championed as key to teaching children essential life skills, and from 2019 all schools will be required to teach relationships and sex education.

Legal Update: Relationships and sex education

"Age-appropriate" relationships and sex education is to become part of the national curriculum in primary and secondary schools.

Your guide to the Children and Social Work Act

What the act means for everyday practice across the children's workforce.

Safeguarding against sexting

How youth workers can help educate young people about the risks of sharing explicit images.

Making the most of the government's U-turn on SRE

Why sex and relationships education must be part of compulsory PSHE.

Tackling extremism in schools: the challenge to make Prevent work

While school leaders warn that the government's Prevent anti-radicalisation programme is stifling debate among pupils, many education experts say that with better training for teachers it will help to reduce risk.

Taking on the Cyberbullies

Cyberbullying is on the rise, and can have a devastating impact on young lives. Charlotte Goddard examines the practical steps children's services can take to provide protection and support.

Caring in the classroom

The Roots of Empathy programme aims to help pupils understand their own feelings and those of others. Rowenna Davis visits a primary school in Blackheath, south-east London, to see it in action.

Youth work in schools: happy union or a culture clash?

As an independent commission sets out to examine what role youth work can play in formal education, Charlotte Goddard discovers a range of partnerships between youth groups and schools across the country

Good Practice

HENRY, Leeds

Early years staff across Leeds are instilling healthy lifestyles in under-fives' families through obesity-prevention programme.

Medway PSHE Project

Medway public health has been working to improve PSHE across most primary and secondary schools.

Peer educators scheme, Girlguiding

Girlguiding has trained senior members to become peer educators to younger girls.

ABC (Awareness, Balance, Choice), Dhiverse

Sexual health charity provides sex education for young people with learning disabilities.

How the Choice project has seen primary pupils' attainment soar

Project improves school attendance and attainment among eight- to 11-year-olds and reduces their likelihood of becoming Neet (not in education, employment or training).

Skills for the Job: Discussing social media in PSHE

Personal, social and health education lessons are ideal for discussing the opportunities and pitfalls presented by social media.

How LifeSkills helps deter children from alcohol and drug misuse

Project prevents drug and alcohol misuse among young people.

How children challenge body image issues

Project reduces negative body image issues among primary schoolchildren and increases their self-esteem.

How relationships course for pupils helps promote healthy relationships

Course raises awareness of domestic abuse among older primary school pupils and promotes healthy relationships.

Participation in Action: Truth about friends helps to overcome peer pressure

The pressure to conform and fit in is often at its most acute during the early teenage years.

Research

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A Content Analysis of Youth Internet Safety Programmes: Are Effective Prevention Strategies Being Used?

This US study assesses the effectiveness of teaching techniques used to discuss online safety and tackle cyberbullying.

PSHE Education: A Review of Impact and Effective Practice

This government-commissioned review summarises findings from recent studies of personal wellbeing education and interventions.

Effective Curriculum-Based Sex and STD/HIV Education Programmes for Adolescents

This US study looks at how school-based sex and relationships education can be used to tackle high rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The Impact of Enhancing Students' Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions

This paper reports on the first large-scale meta-analysis of school-based programmes to promote students' social and emotional development.