22nd September 2017 expexp

Positive feedback from students for Relationships Education

Since becoming a registered charity in January 2000 Explore has now held sessions with almost 100,000 young people. In 2016 – 17 we worked in 72 schools reaching 7,867 students aged 15-18. We saw growth in the number of new schools engaging with us, particularly in Romford and Hampshire.

Question: “What difference does an Explore session make?”

Feedback from the students included the following…

“That it’s possible to work through even big arguments and not give up”
“I’ve learnt how relationships hold together and how they make it work”
“I’m going to be less superficial in relationships”
“To be more understanding and forgiving”
“That marriage is worth it!”
“It will help me to have a successful marriage knowing what skills are needed”
“I learned the importance of commitment and that you have to ‘decide to love”
“Marriage is a great thing and trust in each other is vital”
“I got to see a real couple’s marriage and not one from the movies”

We are heartened that what we set out to do well, Relationships Education, now has broad all-party support to be included in the curriculum across all schools from 2019.

This underlies how fundamentally important our work is and it is recognition that Society very much needs the kind of work we undertake.

We are ‘watching the space’ to identify opportunities to deliver our methodology as an example of best practice, to work in partnership to expand our reach and to ensure that our work in sustainable beyond the new curriculum guidelines.

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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.