The Existence of a Hidden Curriculum in Sex and Relationships Education in Secondary Schools

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This paper investigates the extent and impact of the hidden curriculum in Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). The article explores evidence surrounding the existence of a hidden curriculum through evaluating current conceptual research and government policy. Furthermore, the paper considers possible improvements, to enhance the content and delivery of SRE and challenge negative and damaging aspects of the hidden curriculum. Throughout the paper, significance is placed on the importance of youth voice, to ensure young people receive the information and advice they require. The article will argue that a hidden curriculum does exist in SRE, perpetuating the marginalisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) students and the entrenchment of gender roles.

Smith, B. (2015) The Existence of a Hidden Curriculum in Sex and Relationships Education in Secondary Schools. Transformations, [online] Vol. 1(1). Available at: http://educationstudies.org.uk/?p=3781 [Accessed 19 Sep, 2017].


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