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Sex and Relationship Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 144972, tabled on 16 May 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure that relationships and sex education is (a) impartial and (b) LGBT-inclusive in all types of schools.

Answered on

21 May 2018

All schools must ensure that the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is inclusive to the needs of all pupils, whatever their developing sexuality or identity. Schools are required to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and any concerns that they are not doing so should be taken up with the school in the first instance.

The Department recently conducted an engagement exercise with a wide range of expert stakeholders to support the introduction of compulsory RSE in secondary schools. This has included hosting an equalities roundtable and bilateral meetings with LGBT groups and faith organisations. The engagement process included an extensive call for evidence to seek views on what should be included in these subjects. Using the evidence gathered during this process, the Government will develop the regulations and accompanying statutory guidance for these subjects and both will be subject to public consultation followed by a debate on the regulations in Parliament.

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