Teacher Resources > Inclusion and Diversity

When teaching sexual health, it is essential to create a safe community where students can discuss sexual health topics and ask questions. Below you will find resources to help you deliver inclusive education that honours diversity and provides useful tips to help you differentiate your sexual health curriculum.

Some things to think about as you deliver your curriculum:

-Use terms like “partner” instead of boyfriend or girlfriend.
-Remember that not all students will have sex that involves a penis or vagina.
-Include transgender and gender-diverse people by saying things like “people with vaginas” or “people with penises” instead of assuming that certain genitals are assigned to specific genders.
-Assume that gender-diverse individuals may have abortions, and thus not just girls and women have them.
-Explore the diversity of desire among individuals—for example, some people may have high sexual drives while some may identify as asexual.
-Expand beyond binary pronouns (him/her, he/she) and use they/them and other pronouns as well.
-Remember that students will have a variety of abilities and bodies that will affect their experiences of puberty.
-Be aware that some students may already be survivors of sexual violence.
-Note that virginity has a different meaning for many students—it may not only include penetration.

Inclusive sexual health education takes continuous practice and professional development.

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