Enabling young people to explore the realities of lasting relationships.


Explore is a relationships education charity, set up in 2000 which delivers workshops that help young people discuss, evaluate and explore long-term, positive, healthy relationships within the context of marriage. Each session is run by a professional Explore local development officer who will manage the whole session for you, for a one-hour session, a half day or a full day conference.

On the day, the local development officer will introduce your students to a variety of married couples who will then give an open and honest testimony about what married life is like for them. Students are then encouraged to ask the couple questions about the pros and cons of long term relationships.


These can be run over a series of weeks. Students will have the opportunity to hold dialogues with several different couples within these workshops, so if your timetable is restricted to a fixed time each week, over a few weeks your students can develop their communication skills whilst learning from several different couples.


These are one-off events that usually last between 3 and 4 hours. They can involve a whole year group meeting with several couples in small groups e.g. teaching or tutor groups. This format fits well with ‘drop down’ days like Citizenship, PSHE and SRE days.


These involve Explore working with a class during their designated PSHE/RE/SRE lessons over several weeks. This is less disruptive to the curriculum and timetable whilst still allowing students to develop a dialogue with several couples.

" I now know relationships can last even if from what I have experienced with my parents was different "
School student after listening to The Explore Experience


Explore is the operational name of The Students Exploring Marriage Trust, - a registered educational charity.

We apply the principle of learning by experience, where young people lead their own dialogue to investigate the relationships of ordinary couples who, in response, offer the experience of their own marriage. Marriage is used as a case study for a long term committed relationship since it is capable of definition and is considered a key building block in our society.

Our young people are prepared and supported to draw conclusions from these dialogues as to the moral components and life skills that produce enduring and healthy relationships, family life and marriage in today’s society.



The vast majority of young people (over 90% according to MORI) hold very real and deep aspirations for having an enduring and meaningful relationship, healthy family life that is probably marriage in their adult lives.

However, it has been recognised that less than 5% of today’s young people have ever had the opportunity to hold a detailed and open conversation with a parent, relative, teacher or adult on the subject of their relationships. Scant provision is, therefore, made to prepare young people to make the biggest decisions in their lives.

It is also recognised that relationship skills are not learnt in a didactic manner or through lecture but from experience. Indeed, Explore endeavours not to promote anything; nor proselytise; nor perform any direct act of teaching - but empowers the young people to lead the agenda in whatever direction interests them.

The Explore Experience is ready and waiting to visit your school!

We seek to support schools and colleges, usually with Years 10 - 13. Our work is consistent with the guidelines issued by the Department of Education for Relationship Education. We operate within the educational curriculum and syllabus for PSHE, Citizenship and RE in schools.