Voice Official Response 2302: Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationships Education and PSHE

Voice's response to Department for Education's consultation

Voice Official Response 2302: Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationships Education and PSHE

Background: The Department for Education is considering how to update the existing Sex and Relationship guidance which, was last updated in 2000. The updated guidance will support schools in delivering the new subjects of Relationships Education at primary and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at secondary, as well as, potentially, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

Summary:

Restricting the Relationships Education curriculum is unrealistic.  Whilst we support Relationships Education being statutory, we believe that it should not form part of the National Curriculum, and neither should the content be overly prescriptive.

Whilst Relationships and Sex Education should be statutory in all secondary schools, the role of Government should be to provide appropriate frameworks for such a curriculum, which schools can adapt, with appropriate input from the school workforce, parents, pupils and the wider community, to meet the particular needs of pupils and the local community. 

Online/digital: Three aspects are important here: educating staff, educating parents, and educating children.  Staff require training.

All schools should have clear and transparent policies on RE/SRE which are accessible to parents.

It should be recognised that PSHE encompasses a very broad spectrum and so cannot be restricted to three areas, unless these areas are to be very broad.

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See also Education unions back fact-based relationships and sex education

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