Sex and Relationship Education in schools

1 March 2017

Commenting on the Government’s proposal on Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools: Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:

“It is really positive that the Government plans to make SRE compulsory in all schools, and to consult about what support schools need. There is a consensus within the profession that SRE should be statutory because of the benefits for children and young people. The NUT has been at the heart of the campaign to achieve the proper status for this vital subject.

‘The goal must be high quality and age-appropriate sex and relationships education across all key stages, which is fit for the complexity of young peoples’ lives today. Implementation must ensure that, in primary, the SRE curriculum covers the whole range of issues, not just relationships.

‘Schools require the support, resources and authority needed to ensure SRE reaches all young people, irrespective of their religious background. Engaging parents with the SRE content and explaining its purpose is the best way to ensure a successful partnership between schools and parents.

‘We hope the DfE will work with the profession as it revises the SRE curriculum, and identifies the support and resource for CPD, needed to make SRE a high status and highly valued subject.”

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