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The Government believe that it is important for pupils to have access to high-quality, age-appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE). Schools have a clear role in reinforcing the information that young people receive from parents and in providing them with a safe and supportive environment in which to develop the knowledge they need to make wise and informed choices. SRE is compulsory in secondary schools, and primary schools may also choose to provide it. All schools must have an agreed policy on sex education.
In the Schools White Paper, “The Importance of Teaching”, we announced our intention to conduct an internal review of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, including SRE, so that we can determine how to support schools to improve the quality of teaching in this often sensitive and challenging area. We are still considering the scope and process of the review, but we will say more about this shortly.