HEP Talks consent with the Schools Consent Project

Consent is a topic that appears in the life of every pupil and young person. It can be a sensitive subject, and difficult to understand, but it has a legal definition and engaging in non-consensual behaviour has real consequences. Therefore, it is crucial for pupils to understand this topic and begin to talk about it with each other and the adults and other young people around them.

Schools Consent Project sends lawyers into schools to teach students the legal definition of consent. They aim to normalise conversations about consent in order to safeguard young people and drive down sexual offending rates. In this episode of HEP Talks, Luke Kemper talks with Monica Bhogal, Director of the Schools Consent Project, and Luke Ramsden, Deputy Head of St Benedict’s School in Ealing and Chair of Trustees the Schools Consent Project.

Where consent is relevant

The episode centres around the concept of consent, a topic that has been propelled into the limelight by recent events. Issues like Child Q and the influence of Andrew Tate have trivialised consent and sent mixed signals to young people in schools.

The Schools Consent Project takes the legal definition of consent into schools to make it accessible and real for secondary pupils. Their workshops start with the law and then consider real-life situations where consent could come into play, whether that is at a house party or in interpersonal relationships.

Starting the conversation

Monica and Luke say that engagement from pupils during these workshops is where things really shine. Students come across these topics in their daily lives, and are curious about them, so when the Schools Consent Project brings the topic into the classroom, it sparks conversations.

And that’s the goal – to start a discussion about consent, whether in schools between pupils, between parents and their children, or between teachers and pupils.

The questions is: how will you start the conversation around consent in your school?

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About the Author:

Luke Kemper

Luke Kemper is Insight and Intelligence Lead at HEP. He recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development. Before that, he worked for seven years as a university lecturer and high school teacher in China and Poland.