Ofsted recently found that sex and relationships education remains unsatisfactory in a third of schools.
This is hardly surprising when the National Curriculum focuses almost exclusively on the biology of sex, and does not teach young people about respectful relationships.
When properly and regularly taught, good-quality and age-appropriate SRE has been shown to delay sexual activity, reduce the number of sexual partners people have, and increase the use of condoms and other contraception.
Sex and relationships education is too important to be restricted to a single biology lesson, which young people say is often ‘too late’. That is why I am supporting the Sex Education Forum’s campaign to call on all political parties to make sex and relationships education compulsory for all schools as part of statutory personal, social, health and economics (PSHE) education.
Let’s do all we can locally in our schools to make sure children and young people are equipped with the knowledge and confidence they need to have happy and healthy relationships. Please join the campaign at www.sexeducationforum.org.uk/its-my-right