Towards a whole-school approach for sexuality education in supporting and upholding the rights and health of students with intersex variations

Bromdal, Annette ORCID: and Zavross-Orr, Agli and Hunter, Lisa and Hand, Kirstine and Hart, Bonnie (2021) Towards a whole-school approach for sexuality education in supporting and upholding the rights and health of students with intersex variations. Sex Education, 21 (5). pp. 568-583. ISSN 1468-1811


It is well documented that the most effective sexuality education programmes employ a whole-school learning approach. More spe- cifically, when schools and their leaders and teachers embrace such an approach, they view student learning in the context of the whole experience of being at school – from the classroom, to the home and the partnerships schools form with the local community. In parallel to this, people born with intersex variations report the lack of a systematic and broad approach to recognition and inclusion of intersex variations in schools due to strong ‘normativity’ messaging, including that pertaining to the body. Similarly, schools fail to engage mindfully with contemporary content that promotes a positive and diverse understanding of intersex in educational spaces, guidelines, policies and the curriculum. In line with com- munity expectations outlined by the Darlington Intersex Community Consensus Statement, peer-led intersex rights-and- health-advocacy, and intersex-affirming scholarship, this paper advocates for and seeks to offer recommendations on how schools might enact a whole-school approach for sexuality education that is inclusive, affirming, visible and supportive in promoting and upholding the rights and health of students with intersex variations.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2021 04:53
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 02:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: intersex; bodies; sexuality education; whole-school approach; human rights
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440705 Gender, policy and administration
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940113 Gender and Sexualities
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160202 Gender aspects in education
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230108 Gender and sexualities
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200203 Health education and promotion
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