Relationships & Sex Education
Teaching RSE with time-honoured, established values
Safe, healthy relationships
Department for Education
A Press Statement on 8th June 2020 announced changes to the implementation of the new RSE Guidelines with important guidance for school on ensuring parents are involved in a robust consultation process on the implementation of RSE.
Secretary of State for Schools Nick Gibb supplemented this in September 2020 by stating that “Schools should ensure also, that when they engage with parents, they provide examples of the resources they plan to use…”
“Materials which suggest that non-conformity to gender stereotypes should be seen as synonymous with having a different gender identity should not be used and you should not work with external agencies or organisations that produce such material.”
“Your local authority, governing body and headteacher must… secure that where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views“.
“Great caution should be exercised before setting any assignment, in class or at home, that involves researching a subject where there is a high risk that a child could accidentally be exposed to age inappropriate material, such as pornography. Particularly at primary level, you should be careful not to expose children to over-sexualised content.“
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Our compassion for those who choose to live differently should not inhibit us from being advocates for the single most humanising institution in history. The family — man, woman and child — is not one lifestyle choice among many. It is the best means we have yet discovered for nurturing future generations and enabling children to grow in a matrix of stability and love. It is where we learn the delicate choreography of relationship and how to handle the inevitable conflicts within any human group. It is where we take the risk of giving and receiving love. It is where one generation passes on its values to the next, ensuring the continuity of a civilisation. For any society, the family is the crucible of its future, and for the sake of our children’s future, we must be its defenders.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
WHAT PARENTS, TEACHERS AND THE PUBLIC ARE SAYING