Sex and relationships education
The Government is consulting 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. According to draft guidance, parents of primary school children will not be allowed to withdraw youngsters from Relationships Education, but Sex Education will not be compulsory.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 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 guidance says schools “are free to determine how they address LGBT specific content”. But the Government “recommends that it is integral throughout the programmes of study”.
At a time when there is growing alarm at the sexualisation of children, this package of change could lead to the sex education industry, which promotes explicit materials, having much greater influence.