Training on how to facilitate Comprehensive Sexuality Education
SMC is launching a series of trainings for international school professionals involved in the facilitation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education combined with safeguarding - Child Protection through Education.
Reflecting the significance of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) to improved child protection and safeguarding, accreditation agencies, such as the Council of International Schools (CIS), have driven through significant change in school policy, which in turn is driving changes in the school’s CSE curriculum.
Two challenges arise…
1.Typically, schools will choose a country-specific or culture-centric CSE curricula and related content: how to make this content work with the school’s own diverse cultural setting and, at the same time, connect with the CIS guidelines for safe guarding and child protection.
2.Schools currently source CSE and Child Protection staff training from separate service providers: the providers often have limited international experience and the separate courses leaves provision and implementation without a clear link.
Our training is unique in that it resolves the two challenges: through SMC’s long-standing profile and experience in the international school community, together with its expertise in both international CSE and International Child Protection, it can deliver training tailored to the international school community and explicitly combine key components of comprehensive sexuality education with safeguarding and child protection.
Accordingly, staff will be better prepared to confidently adapt and introduce the new curricula and content to their students through one integrated course – meaning fewer days spent out of school.
The foundation course is the beginning.
The foundation training that will take place over a three-day period. Events will be held regionally in Europe and Asia within the traditional Professional Development periods.
The Foundation Course
This three-day intense training course will engage participants in both individual and group learning opportunities through interactive and experiential teaching methods which are supported with tools and resources while modelling good classroom practice.
Delivered using a blended approach of theory, policy and practice to develop the three overarching core competencies of CSE: acquisition of Knowledge, building Skills, and respectful Attitudes.
Our approach to CSE is rights-based and age- and developmentally-appropriate. The training maintains a practical application through experiential learning methods enabling participants to put new skills into practice.
In addition, the training focuses on equipping participants with knowledge, skills and tools to develop their own CSE role, disseminate learning with colleagues and support the implementation CSE in their own educational context.
The training is delivered by highly qualified practitioners in international CSE – Susie March and Yoan Tranholm Reed.
Scope of foundation training
Reproduction and sexual development: sexual anatomy, puberty and sexual development, reproduction, STIs and contraception
Sexuality: pleasure, sexual orientation and sexual identity, LGBTQ
Child protection through education: correct terminology, safe touch, bodily autonomy, recognising sexual exploitation and abuse, consent, healthy and unhealthy relationships
Effective practice: effective facilitation, assess, monitor and evaluate CSE, student needs assessment, identify curriculum opportunities, development of scheme of work and lesson plans
International guidance and standards: review and update existing provision, policy review, compliance with accrediting organisations (CIS, International Taskforce for Child Protection, NEASC, IB Standards)
Detailed content will be found on the website
Learning outcomes for participants
Develop knowledge, confidence and skills to facilitate CSE
Understand what makes CSE effective, inclusive and enabling
Increase awareness of best practice in CSE
Apply a range of resources and teaching approaches
Consider child protection and safeguarding measures
Support implementation of CSE in their own local/global setting
Brief colleagues on international standards and requirements
August/September 2019, Europe/Asia
March/April 2020, Europe/Asia
To be confirmed shortly
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