Government stands firm on Sex Education

Schools in England not obliged to teach Sex Education to all students

Despite calls from fellow MPs, England’s education secretary has rejected calls to make sex education compulsory for schools, saying that the government “will continue” to keep the subject’s status “under review”.

The BBC reports that four key House of Commons committees wrote to Nicky Morgan last month, pressing for sex education to be made statutory in primaries and secondaries, but those calls have fallen short in convincing the Education Secretary to put moves in place. Under the national curriculum, sex-and-relationship education is compulsory from age 11 – but parents are allowed to withdraw their children from parts of it with academies and free-schools having the choice not to use the national curriculum anyway.

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