The modern way of campaigning often involves joining forces with people who share your values and co-ordinated tweeting!
This is what happened with charities, organisations, schools, pupils and MPs working around the country to raise awareness for #RSEDay in June 2019. I understand it was trending on a number of occasions during the day - a success that everybody will undoubtedly want to keep building on for next year.
We have been involved with the changes to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) from the outset. Our director can talk at some length about the many debates that took place to get 'Relationships' up front (it was previously Sex & Relationships Education). There has been decades of work from so many people to get the government to understand the need to legislate to improve the quality of RSE in schools around the country. These battles are hard won but will make a real difference to children and young people as they grow up.
It was felt by many that #RSEDay took on additional importance this year due to some negative and misleading coverage of the government's new guidelines about teaching children and young people about relationships in schools. You may have seen on the news that there have been protests outside schools in Birmingham from a small group of people. Sadly, the noise that they have created has led to confusion about the positive benefits of RSE.
Alongside other relationship and family focused charities and organisations, we settled on three main messages on #RSEDay:
A little look at some of our tweets during #RSEDay
1. Interpersonal connection is essential to human thriving.The ability to cultivate relationships (friends, familial, professional or intimate) is vital to healthy development.Think about these points and welcome #relationshipseducation#RSEday#relationshipskills