Part of Rating and Valuation – in the House of Commons at 6:37 pm on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education) 6:37 pm, 20th March 2019

The purpose of requiring consultation between the school and parental groups is to dispel the myths that build up about the content. If parents have concerns about the content that is being taught, schools should take them very seriously. We worked very carefully on the wording of the draft guidance, to bring as many people as possible on board, and we are giving schools discretion over when to teach some of the more sensitive subjects. The compulsion is to ensure that those issues are covered at some point during the children’s education, but when that happens will be a matter for the schools to decide. Schools also have to take into account the faith backgrounds of the pupils and their parents.