Sex and Relationship Education:Written question - HL4064

Asked on: 13 December 2016
Department for Education
Sex and Relationship Education
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce compulsory sex and relationship education in schools; and if not, why not.
Answered on: 20 December 2016

We want schools to provide all young people with a curriculum that equips them for success in adult life.

High quality PSHE teaching has an important role to play in this, helping young people understand the world around them, building resilience and helping them to make positive choices and stay safe. We have made it clear in the introduction to the national curriculum that all schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on examples of good practice. Academies and free schools are encouraged to teach PSHE as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

Sex education is already compulsory in secondary maintained schools, and the Government is clear that all schools should make provision for high quality, age-appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) which is a vital part of preparing young people for life in modern Britain.

The Secretary of State agrees that we need to look again at the case for further action on PSHE and SRE provision, with particular consideration to improving quality and accessibility. We are actively considering what steps we could take, including whether to update the existing SRE guidance and will give a view soon.

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