Know Your Body Education Programme

We’re delighted to announce Know Your Body, our ambitious new education programme reaching young people with the greatest barriers to accessing healthcare with age-appropriate and high quality RSE resources on anatomy, menstrual health, HPV and cancer.

In the Sex Education Forum’s survey of over a 1,000 young people, just over 1 in 3 (35%) rated the quality of their school RSE as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ and more than 1 one in 5 (22%) rated the quality of RSE as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’. Young people from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic backgrounds have particular barriers rooted in the legacies of oppression.

The Know Your Body lesson plans aim to plug the gaps in RSE: making inclusive, engaging resources for young people so they can know what’s normal for them and their bodies, spotting when things aren’t and knowing when to seek help. They were designed to be used by teachers, who are often short on time and resources, and have been developed in collaboration with RSE facilitators, teachers, medical experts and youth workers.

The Eve Appeal funds world-class research and raises awareness into the five gynaecological cancers: womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal. We want to see a future where gynaecological cancers are diseases of the past and our aim is clear: prevention and earlier diagnosis of these diseases. We know that cancer prevention starts early- with educating young people about their bodies and the Know Your Body programme is here to bring cancer-prevention into schools health education (RSE).

Through summer 2022, Know Your Body workshops will be piloted with 7-13 year olds in some of the least-served schools in London. The resources will be made openly available online for parents, teachers, youth workers, young people and anyone with an interest in health education.

We’re proud to be working in collaboration with incredible RSE facilitators, experts and organisations to create and deliver Know Your Body. Watch this space as we get ready to launch this summer.