Sex Education Forum statement on Education Select Committee report on sex and relationships education (SRE) and PSHE

Lucy Emmerson, Coordinator of the Sex Education Forum said:

"This inquiry has very effectively scrutinised the inconsistency of sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools. It is clear that many children and young people go through school without getting vital age-appropriate information about their bodies, what is right and wrong in relationships, consent and sexual health.

"Debate about the pros and cons of statutory Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) has continued for long enough. Support for statutory SRE has never been clearer: nine out of ten students back legislative change, and more than three-quartersof parents want primary schools to teach about the difference between safe and unwanted touch and how to speak up if someone treats them inappropriately. 

"The teachers, parents and MPs we speak to are often confused about the current requirements for schools. Although maintained schools are required to teach basic biologythe fact remains that SRE is neglected in too many schools and teachers want more training to teach this vital subject properly.

"Today, as part of our 'SRE - It's my right' campaign, we are inviting people to write to their MP to express their support for statutory SRE and we urge all political parties to make a manifesto commitment to change legislation."