There are repeated calls for sex education to be made mandatory for all primary schools.

At a time when there is growing alarm at the sexualisation of children, a national curriculum for sex education would see control taken out of the hands of schools and centralised in the hands of those
who advocate the use of material which most parents would find unacceptable.

Currently, primary schools are not required to teach sex education, but local authority maintained secondary schools must do so. The Department for Education has said that it expects the same from secondary academies, including free schools.

Making sex education compulsory for schools would mean passing overall control from schools to Whitehall. It would be centralising, bureaucratic and would inevitably lead to the sex education industry, which promotes explicit materials, having much greater influence. Given that officials in local authorities are promoting explicit material for the youngest of school children, the control of sex education should remain firmly in the hands of head teachers and school governors.


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