Sex and relationships education
The Government has launched a call for evidence on plans for ‘Relationships Education’, to be taught as a statutory subject in primary schools across England.
It will mean teaching young children about “different types of relationships”, which could include homosexuality, transsexualism and same-sex marriage. Ministers have denied parents the right to withdraw their children from the classes.
An amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill gives the Education Secretary, currently Damian Hinds, the power to legislate for Relationships Education and a secondary school subject called Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).
RSE would include teaching on “sex, sexual health and sexuality”. The Government states that parents would retain the right to withdraw their children from RSE but the details have not yet been set out.
At a time when there is growing alarm at the sexualisation of children, this change could lead to the sex education industry, which promotes explicit materials, having much greater influence.