Ashton, Max

Ashton, Max
Start date:
October 2018
Research Topic:
Mapping teacher and pupil perspectives and experiences of sex and relationships education in the changing Welsh policy context
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Professor Emma Renold
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
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My research utilises multi-modal methods to map ongoing developments in relationships and sexuality education (RSE) policy and practice within Welsh schools. This approach is informed by contemporary PHematerialist (feminist, posthuman and new materialist) theory, and focuses upon the complex networks of affects, experiences, policies and practices bound up with developing an inclusive ‘whole-school’ approach to sexuality education.

The following research questions currently structure my project:

  1. How are Welsh RSE providers currently negotiating and responding to extant and forthcoming RSE guidance?
  2. What are Welsh RSE providers’ perceptions of the challenges and benefits of extant and forthcoming RSE guidance?
  3. What innovative methods and practices are currently being taken up by educators to prepare for a new RSE curriculum in Wales?
  4. How do Welsh RSE providers perceive their practice changing and developing going forward?