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Sex and Relationship Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 1300, tabled on 27 June 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government's plans for sex and relationship education include LGBT issues.

Answered on

3 July 2017

The Department for Education will be conducting a thorough engagement process on the scope and content of relationships education and relationships and sex education, involving a wide range of interested stakeholders. The engagement process will seek evidence from schools and teachers; parents and pupils; experts in safeguarding and child wellbeing; subject experts; voluntary organisations and other interested parties; and other Government Departments and public sector bodies.

We expect schools to ensure that all pupils, whatever their developing sexuality or gender identity, feel that relationships and sex education is relevant to them and sensitive to their needs. As part of our engagement programme, we will consider ways to ensure that our guidance and regulations are inclusive of LGBT issues. We plan to work closely with organisations such as Stonewall and the Terrence Higgins Trust, amongst others, to ensure that all views are represented.

We will set out more details shortly about the engagement process and the work to consider age appropriate subject content.