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Cornwall College to pass on sex education skills nationally
8:00am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
Cornwall College has been selected to take part in a pilot scheme aimed at setting up effective sex and relationship education in further education nationally.
The college is one of only four in the country to be invited to join the pilot, due to start in November.
It was invited to sign up to the project after staff members Nat Mitchell and Jo Plester were recognised as being outstanding in their field after they were nominated in the Sexual Health Worker of the Year category at the FPA’s UK Sexual Health Awards. As a result of their work they were asked to sit on the national advisory panel alongside other experts.
Other colleges involved are based in Aylesbury, Blackburn and Ballymena in Northern Ireland.
The project aims to raise awareness and improve the quality of provision of sex and relationship education in colleges with a focus on moving away from traditional routes; engaging young people through entertaining, interactive and online methods.
The advisory panel highlighted support from active students’ unions as being key to the project’s success. Cornwall College Students’ Union is one of the largest in a further education setting in the country with over 35,000 students. Its previous presidents are now in top positions in the National Union of Students.
Nat Mitchell, student liaison officer at Cornwall College, said: “It’s really exciting to be part of something that will benefit 14 to 19 year olds nationally. Given the scale of the project, the invite to help shape this type of education highlights Cornwall College’s current strengths in the field. Our aim is to work towards a gold standard to provide effective, memorable and fit for purpose sex and relationship education for students in further education settings, and enable more staff across the Country to have the tools at their disposal to be able to support our young people better.
“Cornwall College has already been recognised as a model for good practice, the aim now is to pass this knowledge onto other colleges.”
“Further education settings are a constant challenge in terms of finding the most effective way of working with this key group of young people. We are very excited at the potential impact this project could have on the way we work with colleges and we look forward to seeing the results of this pilot.”
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