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The Dice Game: An Inclusive RSE Resource

What is the Dice Game?

The dice game is an activity created by The Proud Trust to help facilitate important conversations with young people about safety and consent in their future relationships.

It first appeared within the inclusive RSE resource, The Sexuality aGender Toolkit, alongside a range of activities designed to help teachers deliver the highest-quality Relationships and Sex Education to all of their students, regardless of those students’ gender or sexuality.

This resource is now in the process of being updated. If you are interested in this resource, please sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when the new version is released.


Why was the Dice Game created?

The Dice Game was created as part of a suite of resources for secondary school teachers, designed to help them deliver the best possible RSE lessons for their students. The resource had a particular focus on making sure all students received the best information and advice, regardless of their gender or sexuality.

This is designed to fill in a gap in RSE and improve young people’s lives. For example, research shows that many LGBT+ adults say that they did not receive relevant advice on how to protect themselves from STIs during their time at school, which may have put them at risk in later life.


Isn’t it wrong to talk about this with people under 18?

It is vital that young people have the language they need to navigate relationships, ideally before those relationships begin. This gives them the tools they need to ensure their safety, communicate their needs and to recognise potentially harmful behaviour. The government has important advice on age-appropriate RSE, and how to assess the best age to introduce particular topics. The Dice Game is designed to be used within this framework.

When LGBT+ inclusive RSE is not taught in schools, young people will often turn to the internet for answers to their questions. Although there is a wealth of positive and helpful resources online, there is also the risk of young people finding harmful images and misleading information. For example, research shows that the average age at which young people first see an explicit image online is 13. It is therefore important that young people have access to clear, factual information around sex and relationships from a trusted source, such as their school.


Why the dice? Isn’t this this format inappropriate for children?

One of the things we have learned from our work with young people is that it can often be very difficult for them to ask questions if they are embarrassed, even when they question they want to ask is important. In this format, the dice are posing the question instead of the young person. This allows the teacher to then lead the conversation, explaining why someone might wish to engage in a particular activity whilst also giving information on how to navigate any risks involved. The interactive nature of the activity also makes it a more effective learning tool, meaning that the young people involved in the lesson are more likely to retain the key information.


Shouldn’t it be down to parents to talk about these things with their children?

As per the government’s guidelines, parents have certain rights if they do not wish their child to take part in RSE lessons. Schools should follow their standard procedures for this.


Why is the Dice Game being reviewed?

We review all of our resources periodically and this is no exception. It’s important to make sure the Dice Game is up to date, including all of the latest research. We will also be adding extra guidance for teachers, based on the feedback we have received on previous versions.


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