Relationships and Sex Education: Northern Ireland — June 2021
69% of parents who completed this survey informed us that they don’t know if their school has a RSE policy, and only 6% said that they didn’t feel it would be important for parents to be involved in the design of their child’s school RSE policy. 56% of parents clearly communicated that they feel it is very important for parents to be involved in the RSE policy design.
We continually advocate for parental participation in education. Research evidences how when home and school work together, this leads to improved outcomes for young people, and again, through another survey undertaken by us, we hear once again from parents how they want to be involved in supporting their child’s learning.
96% of parents told us that it is important for them to be able to access guidance on how to support what their child is being taught in RSE lessons. This affirms to us why it is vital that we continue to work with educational Arms Lengths Bodies such as CCEA in this instance, to ensure that information is produced and easily available for parents. We aim to have this guidance document on RSE co-developed by the end of the Summer.
We are fully aware that RSE is a sensitive and complex topic in Northern Ireland and while the findings of our survey are extremely interesting, we are mindful that the 191 full responses may not be fully indicative of the opinion and experiences of all the parent population in NI.