Safe at School calls on parents to resist compulsory “big brother” plans to sexualise children.

Jan 18, 2017 by

from SPUC: SPUC Safe at School is launching a nationwide appeal to parents following an attempt in Parliament last week to make sex education a compulsory subject in the nation’s schools.  Safe at School is calling on parents, grandparents and others write to their MP asking him/her to oppose any proposals to make sex education a compulsory school subject.  Briefing notes are available. Scroll down to download the briefing! Not the answer to sexual violence Advocates claim that making...

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MPs quietly vote against compulsory sex education in schools

Jan 13, 2017 by

by Rachael Pells, Independent: Conservative MPs have voted to block plans for sex and relationship education (SRE) to be made compulsory in schools. Under increasing pressure from campaigners over the past year, Education Secretary Justine Greening repeatedly suggested she was open to reforming the current Government guidance on SRE, which currently allows free schools and academies to opt out of teaching the subject in class. As the law stands, state schools are obligated to cover sex...

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Tories vote to block compulsory LGBT-inclusive sex education, but promise reform

Jan 12, 2017 by

by Nick Duffy, Pink News: The Conservatives have blocked plans for compulsory LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education in schools. Education Secretary Justine Greening has repeatedly suggested she is open to reform on sex and relationship education, hinting last summer that the issue was near the top of her “in tray”. An all-female group of MPs led by Labour’s Stella Creasy this week attempted to secure reform on the issue, tabling an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill to make...

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Poll finds majority of schoolchildren want sex education

Jan 11, 2017 by

by Sally Weale, Guardian: Three-quarters of children between the ages of 11 and 15 believe they would be safer if they had age-appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) in school, according to a survey by a leading children’s charity. Seven in 10 of the children who took part in the poll, which was commissioned by Barnardo’s and carried out by YouGov, said the government should ensure that all pupils have SRE lessons, and 14% said they had not received any SRE lessons in school at all....

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MPs push to make LGBT-inclusive sex ed mandatory

Jan 10, 2017 by

by Nick Duffy, Pink News: A group of MPs are pushing an amendment to make LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education mandatory – after the Education Secretary hinted she was open to reform. Education Secretary Justine Greening has repeatedly suggested she is open to reform on sex and relationship education, hinting last summer that the issue was near the top of her “in tray” She told Parliament in November that she was “considering all the options” on the issue – and has since come under...

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Statutory sex and relationships education not the answer to sexual harassment and sexual violence

Dec 6, 2016 by

from Family Education Trust: In its report on sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools, published on 13 September 2016, the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee predictably recommended that sex and relationships education should be made a statutory subject in all schools, alongside Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE). In response, Family Education Trust issued the following press release. The deep-seated cultural and social factors that lie behind sexual...

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