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21/12/16
Education secretary Justine Greening is looking to make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory in all schools
Pupils would be taught about pornography and sexting in all schools under new plans being drawn up by the government.
The proposals could be included in amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill, which is currently before parliament.
The chairs of five different Commons select committees recently called on education secretary Justine Greening to make SRE a statutory subject.
Their demand came after a report from the Women and Equalities Committee found that sexual bullying is now endemic in schools.
Currently free schools and academies do not have to teach sex education or personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. Parents can withdraw their children from sex education classes.
A government source told the Sunday Times: “Justine is clear that this is something that has to be looked at. It is not just a question of making it mandatory but also of what we should be teaching, including issues such as sexting and domestic violence.”
It is understood that it is now a priority area for Ms Greening and proposals have been drawn up.
A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “High-quality education on sex and relationships is a vital part of preparing young people for success in adult life - helping them make informed choices, stay safe and learn to respect themselves and others... we are actively looking at options to ensure that all children have access to high-quality teaching of these subjects.” [TES. Eleanor Busby, 18th December 2016]
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/government-looking-making-sex-and-relationships-education-compulsory
05/07/16
This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 20 January 2017.

This Bill was presented to Parliament on Monday 4 July 2016. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

This Bill is a Private Member’s Bill. These are often not printed until close to the second reading debate. If the text is not yet available here and you wish to know more about this bill please contact its sponsor, Caroline Lucas.

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2016-17/personalsocialhealthandeconomiceducationstatutoryrequirement.html
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16/03/16
This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 22 April 2016.

Background: Bill to require the Secretary of State to provide that Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) be a statutory requirement for all state-funded schools; for PSHE to include Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and education on ending violence against women and girls; to provide for initial and continuing teacher education and guidance on best practice for delivering and inspecting PSHE and SRE education; and for connected purposes.

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2015-16/personalsocialhealthandeconomiceducationstatutoryrequirement.html
10/02/16
Below, hot off the press is a letter from the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP to Neil Carmichael MP & Chair of the Education Select Committee regarding the issues of making PSHE a statutory subject.

Unfortunately it does not appear to show any steps forward to make PSHE statutory although this is still remaining open for review.

On a more positive note however the letter does uphold the importance of PSHE and says that teaching needs to be improved in many schools and that 'over the next few months they (a group of leading headteachers and practitioners) will produce an action plan and recommendations for improving PSHE..."

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/499338/Nicky_Morgan_to_Education_Select_Committee_-_10_Feb_2016--.pdf