Sex and Relationship Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd July 2016.

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Photo of William Wragg William Wragg Conservative, Hazel Grove

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what account the Government plans to take of the recommendations of the report from the Terrence Higgins Trust, Shh.No Talking, published in July 2016, in ensuring the adoption of a sex and relationship education curriculum which includes LGBT issues for the purposes of supporting young people's long-term physical and mental health and general wellbeing.

Photo of William Wragg William Wragg Conservative, Hazel Grove

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Terrence Higgins Trust's report Shh.No Talking, published in July 2016, what steps she is taking to ensure that sufficient resources are given to local authorities and schools to ensure that sex and relationships education lessons are properly resourced and teachers are trained.

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

High quality sex and relationship education is a vital part of preparing young people for life in modern Britain. It should also help young people to make informed choices, stay safe and learn to respect themselves and others.

Our statutory Sex and Relationship Guidance is clear that young people, whatever their developing sexuality or identity, should feel that sex and relationship education is relevant to them and sensitive to their needs.

Sex and relationship education is compulsory in all maintained secondary schools and many primary schools also teach it in an age appropriate manner. Decisions relating to resources and teachers’ professional development rest with schools, headteachers, and teachers themselves, as they best know the needs of their staff and pupils.

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