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Compulsory sex and relationship education looks set to be taught in all secondary schools after Tory MPs - including five former ministers - backed a change to the law, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
The ministers are among a group of 23 Conservative MPs who are backing a law change to force secondary schools to make Relationship Education compulsory in the National Curriculum.
The change would see teenagers being what consent means in sexual relationships and how to protect themselves from sexting and online exploitation in compulsory classes.
Currently only council-controlled secondary schools are required to teach children about sex in biology classes. There is no such requirement on academies or free schools which make up the majority of secondary schools in England.

This Bill started its second reading debate on Friday 20 January 2017 but has now been adjourned with debate to resume on Friday 24 March 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.

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]
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.

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.

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..."


The case for statutory PSHE education is growing in strength. Below are some powerful statistics to support the call for the Government to reconsider PSHE and it's status in the curriculum.

Statutory status for PSHE education has the support of:
  • 90% of parents and leading parenting bodies like Mumsnet and the National Governors Association
  • 92% of pupils and has been a campaign priority for the UK Youth Parliament four years running
  • 88% of teachers as well as five leading teaching and education unions, including the NUT and NAHT
  • 85% of business leaders support statutory PSHE education according to a YouGov survey
  • 100 leading organisations including six royal medical colleges, the NSPCC and the British Red Cross
  • Parliamentarians across the political spectrum including the Commons Education Committee
and Home Affairs Committee, the Chair of the Health Committee and a range of former Ministers. [PSHE Association. October 2015]
September 2015: Ofsted changes from September 2015 include a brand new judgement - personal development, behaviour and welfare.
‘Inspectors will evaluate the extent to which the school successfully promotes and supports pupils’. This includes:
*An understanding of how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks such as abuse, sexual exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media
* knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically, including through exercising and healthy eating
* personal development, so that they are well prepared to respect
others and contribute to wider society and life in Britain... [CIF June 2015]

For the full report go to:
September 2013: There have been no changes to the references to PSHEeducation from previous drafts, with the following paragraph on PSHEeducation included in the framework documents for both primary and secondary levels:

'All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.'

The DfE has also published supplementary guidance on PSHE education which reiterates previous Government policy on the subject. It states that while PSHE education remains a non-statutory subject, it is ‘an important and necessary part of pupils’ education. It goes on:
'Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.'
June 2013: . The amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which was introduced by Labour with support from the ‘Coalition of Consent pop up campaign’, was defeated by 303 votes to 219. Baroness Massey of Darwen also asked an oral question in the House of Lords, ‘To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report by Ofsted Not Yet Good Enough: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Schools, published on 1 May.’ During the brief debate that followed a number of peers voiced agreement with the conclusion of Ofsted’s report that more needs to be done to improve PSHE, with Baroness Massey also calling for its addition to the national curriculum. Source: Politics.co.uk