More sex ed please, we’re British

Pupils from schools across Warwickshire attended a youth conference organised by Warwickshire County Council and partners called More sex ed please, we’re British.

The conference, which was held at Dunchurch Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Rugby, saw 96 year nine pupils from 16 Warwickshire schools taking part in five different workshops around relationships and sex education (RSE).

The event provided pupils with the chance to discuss topics including consent, the role of technology in RSE, what they would like to see taught in schools and misogyny in pop music.

They also watched videos that had been filmed by pupils ahead of the conference. Prizes were handed out for categories including best costume, best drama and best ensemble performance.

Cllr Les Caborn, portfolio holder for adult social care and health said: “Conferences like this let young people find out more about relationships and provide an opportunity to raise any concerns they may have. It also gives them a chance to ask any questions they may have in a safe, supportive environment.

“Additionally, providers of RSE can find out where pupils feel they are missing out on knowledge and areas where they need more advice.”

This was the fourth year Warwickshire partners have hosted the popular RSE conference. This year Warwickshire County Council public health and cyber safety teams led the agenda alongside Rise (child and adult mental health), Barnardos and Warwickshire Youth Justice.