Sex and Relationship Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary academies and free schools teach sex and relationships education.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

The Department does not hold this information.

Sex and relationship education (SRE) is compulsory in maintained secondary schools. Academies and free schools do not have to teach SRE but many choose to do so as part of their duty to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. When academies do teach SRE they are required through their funding agreement to have regard to the Secretary of State’s Sex and Relationship Education Guidance[1].


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