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Primary Education: LGBT People

Question for Department for Education

UIN 182749, tabled on 23 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all primary schools are required to deliver an LGBT-inclusive curriculum.

Answered on

31 October 2018

The national curriculum is designed to be accessible and relevant to all pupils. Schools are expected to ensure that teaching is inclusive of the needs of all pupils and must comply with the Equality Act.

The Department is making Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools and Health Education compulsory in all state-funded primary schools. The Department has launched a public consultation on the draft regulations and guidance for these subjects. The draft guidance is clear that all pupils should feel that the content is relevant to them and that there should be an opportunity to explore the features of stable and healthy same-sex relationships.

The consultation, which closes on 7 November, can be found here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/pshe/relationships-education-rse-health-education/.

Independent schools are already required by the independent school standards to provide personal, social, health and economic education to all pupils of compulsory school age.