Schools: Sex Education

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Advisory Team On Legal Matters, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will introduce measures to protect schools and their staff giving sex education to their pupils against the campaign by the UK Life League.

Photo of Lord Adonis Lord Adonis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools), Department for Education and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Schools)

We do not believe that any school should be deterred from providing a comprehensive programme of sex and relationship education tailored to the age and maturity of pupils. Guidance on sex and relationship education was issued to schools in July 2000. This sets out the statutory requirements on schools in relation to sex education, including the requirements to teach pupils aged 14 to 16 about contraception. Schools must set out their approach to sex and relationship education within a policy available for inspection by parents.

Schools following this guidance are acting within the law and should seek support from their local authority advisory service, and police where necessary, if subject to any intimidating activity from campaign groups.

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