In this edition of Insights we profile findings from our second report on Te Whāriki (2017) – which was released last week. We also share an article published on our recent evaluation ‘Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education’.
This report received significant attention from the sector and media when it was released in September. Our evaluation found that the quality of many schools’ sexuality education programmes simply have not kept pace with social and technological change – which is telling as this rapidly changing social context has profound implications for effective sexuality education.
Sexuality education is important – it has a significant impact on student wellbeing, achievement and success – and the way we deliver it must move with the times. The focus on mechanics, biology and safe sex does not go far enough and focused discussions about gender identity, digital technologies, pornography, sexual violence, consent and respectful relationships need to be included.
It is encouraging to see positive trends emerging regarding lower levels of teen pregnancy, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases, but these trends are not evident in terms of unwanted sexual contact, youth suicide and depression.
Our own Dr Deirdre Shaw, Group Manager Evaluation Services, talked with Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon about the report findings and recommendations. You can listen to the radio interview here.
Our latest report on Te Whāriki (2017) looks into how the implementation of the new curriculum in early learning services is going. In addition to what we based our first report on – awareness, accessibility and usefulness of PLD, and resources to support awareness and challenges, this second report seeks to find out how services are starting to think about reviewing and planning their local curriculum and the use of learning outcomes.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Insights, which includes:
I wish you all the best for the remainder of the term and the summer break ahead.
Chief Review Officer
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