Primary school teachers around Wales will now have the help of a new teaching toolkit to help introduce children to a range of relationship and social issues.
The launch of "Primary AGENDA" comes after a new Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum was announced to be rolled out from 2022. The Education Minister has already been forced to defend the curriculum after a row over relationship and sex education in faith schools.
The free resource is designed to help students aged 7-11 years old explore topics including:
- Feelings and emotions
- Friendships and relationships
- Body image
- Gender and sexuality equality and rights
Researchers at Cardiff University developed "Primary AGENDA" with the new curriculum "in mind".
The "AGENDA" resource is already in use in secondary schools across the country. Education Minister Kirsty Williams said: "The first AGENDA kit has been hugely successful and has been used widely throughout Wales".
She added: "It's fantastic to see that there is now a Primary AGENDA resource [...] This new resource will support teachers to provide comprehensive, relevant and inclusive Relationships and Sexuality Education, under both the current and future curriculum arrangements."
The Minister for Education's expert panel, the future of the SRE curriculum in Wales, recently concluded that sex and relationships education in Wales is "too biological and too negative".