Sex and Relationship Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of schools that will obtain funding from his Department's £6 million fund for training on relationships and sex education; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of this fund to support primary and secondary school teachers to provide LGBT-inclusive teaching; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an estimate of the cost to his Department of making relationships education, sex and relationships education and health education a subject-specialism teacher training course; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer increasing funding for relationships and sex education in schools in the spending review.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will ensure that subject leads at every school receive in-person, inclusive training on relationships and sex education.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department is committed to supporting schools to deliver high quality teaching of relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education. The Department has previously announced £6 million, in this financial year, for the development of a programme of support for schools – the funding will not be distributed to individual schools. Further funding beyond the next financial year is a matter of the forthcoming Spending Review.

The Department’s programme of support will focus on tools that improve schools’ practice, such as an implementation guide and targeted support, training materials and resources that teachers need to teach the new subjects. The Department is currently working with lead teachers, non-specialist teachers and schools to develop training materials that are suited to their needs.

The Department also encourages schools to start teaching the subjects from September 2019, so that schools can improve methods and share good practice ahead of compulsory teaching from September 2020.

The Department has also published guides that set out clearly the nature and content of the subjects, as well as articulate parents’ rights and their involvement in the curriculum. The Department has also previously published FAQs to bust myths on the subjects. This is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education-faqs.

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