Education

Client: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, East Dunbartonshire Council, Inverclyde Council
Project: Evaluation of the Sexual Health Education
Background: East Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde Councils have been working to establish and implement a co-ordinated and integrated strategic plan relating to young people’s sexual health and well-being. The Sexual Health and Relationships Education (SHRE) programme is intended to be delivered by teachers in these areas.
The overarching aim of this evaluation was to assess the immediate impact of the new approach to SHRE in respect to its contribution to improving the sexual health and well-being of its children and young people and to gauge how it has been received by its key stakeholders.
Method: A range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques was required to gauge the views of the various audiences involved in and affected by the programme, across both primary and secondary schools. This included 16 mini discussion groups and 1,737 self-completion questionnaires with pupils (pen and paper, conducted in the classroom setting), 9 in-depth interviews and 85 online questionnaires with parents/carers, and 13 depth interviews and 106 online questionnaires with teachers.
Outcome: The research findings focused on the perceptions and experiences of all stakeholder groups and made recommendations relating to the further implementation and delivery of the SHRE programme.
Key contact: Ruth Bryan Associate Director
Email: ruth.bryan@progressivepartnership.co.uk
Tel: 0131 297 2564