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Sex and Relationship Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 5724, tabled on 18 July 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to introduce the regulations under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, relating to the publication of guidance on high quality relationships and sex education teaching in secondary schools and relationships education teaching in primary schools.

Answered on

5 September 2017

The Children and Social Work Act (2017) places a duty on my Rt hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, to make relationships education mandatory in all primary schools, and relationships and sex education mandatory in all secondary schools, in England.

The Government also made a commitment to ensuring that the updated guidance and regulations for these subjects would be age appropriate.

The Department intends to consult widely on the content of the curriculum for relationships education and relationships and sex education. This will also inform the content of the regulations and statutory guidance, school practice and quality of delivery. We will ensure the subjects are carefully designed to safeguard and support pupils whilst being deliverable for schools.

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