Celebrate RSE Day with Read On Nottingham

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RSE Day is an annual celebration of excellent Relationships and Sex Education that educates children and young people about healthy relationships and positive sexual health.

RSE Day 2021 takes place on Thursday 24 June and is encouraging schools and the wider community to get involved, asking everyone to consider their role in promoting healthy relationships and positive sexual health.

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The theme for RSE Day 2020 was ‘Books I love about love’. To celebrate, Read On Nottingham, together with Nottingham City Libraries, created special book lists featuring books we love about love!

We selected inspiring stories, novels and non-fiction books, which are suitable for children and young people from Early Years to young adult. As a parent, carer or teacher you can read some of the stories to your children or with them, chatting about the themes of love, trust, respect, resilience, co-operation and communication.

We hope you enjoy reading these thought provoking books which will develop love, kindness, understanding and empathy in children, young people and adults alike.

Download our book lists:

Most of the books are available online through library services as ebooks and audio books. Hard copies can be found in local libraries (when they can open safely again) and school libraries.

Check out Words for Life for other apps and sites currently featuring free to borrow online books.

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More about RSE Day

RSE Day is the original idea of Nottingham City Council.

The overall aim of RSE Day is to improve the quality and reach of relationships and sex education provided for children and young people by celebrating good practice RSE on an annual national day. Good quality RSE needs to happen all year round, with a planned curriculum, but RSE Day is an opportunity to start new conversations and share what you are doing with others.

Research shows that excellent RSE supports the wellbeing of, and helps to safeguard, children and young people. The key principles are:

  • RSE helps keep children safe – this is based on evidence
  • RSE lessons should be enjoyable and useful/relevant
  • RSE happens in school and at home
  • RSE involves communication between people
  • RSE involves people of different ages and starts young to support life-long learning
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Further advice

Parents, carers and teachers can find further resources and ideas on the RSE Day website including the downloadable packs below.