Compulsory sex education dropped


Proposals for compulsory sex education for children as young as five are ditched by the Coalition Government.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said the Coalition would not implement the controversial plans put forward under Labour which means that teaching sex education will remain optional in primary schools.

Sex and Relationship Education is taught in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education lessons, although elements such as the facts of reproduction are also contained in biology classes.

Labour Schools Secretary Ed Balls had planned to make PSHE classes a part of the compulsory national curriculum in primary and secondary schools from this month.
This would have seen lessons in relationships and sex starting at five, with prescribed content for each age group.
The Coalition has now launched a review of PSHE, but the Government has already ruled out making PSHE education as a whole a statutory subject within the curriculum.

The review of PSHE will propose a strengthening in the priority given to teaching about relationships, the importance of positive parenting and teaching about sexual consent.
Primary heads and governors will continue to decide whether or not to provide sex education and what it should involve beyond the compulsory science requirements.