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Relationships, Sex and Health Education recently became statutory in English schools, creating a significant opportunity to engage positively with young people on issues that are deeply relevant to their everyday lives. However, RSHE policy carries challenges and has been met with resistance in some communities. There is now a need for greater visibility and examples of RSHE practice that is faith-sensitive and LGBT-inclusive.

In this episode of the BERA podcast, Sexualities and Gender SIG convenors Fin Cullen and Joshua Heyes interview Dr Anna Carlile, Senior Lecturer in Education at Goldsmith’s University. Anna, Fin and Josh discuss the challenges and opportunities of doing inclusive RSHE in culturally and religiously diverse communities. Anna shares her experience of negotiating RSHE policy in dialogue with LGBT and faith partners and the power of allyship focusing on mutual respect and kindness.

In this Episode

Fiona Cullen, Dr

Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University

Fin Cullen is a qualified Youth and Community worker and worked for over a decade across the UK in a variety of contexts including youth homeless provision, residential settings, day centres, school-based youth services, centre-based, outreach,...

Anna Carlile, Dr

Head of the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London

Anna is the Head of the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a former youth worker and teacher and is now a Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education. Her approach to research and teaching is collaborative,...

Joshua Heyes

University of Birmingham

Before coming to the world of educational research, I completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, during which I worked on sexual ethics and philosophy of religion. I then took up an exciting opportunity to...