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Relationships and Sex Education - Government Consultation

Published: 7th November 2018

The Department for Education's (DfE) consultation on 'Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education' closed on 7 November 2018. The DfE is proposing that primary schools be required to teach relationships education and secondary schools be required to teach relationships and sex education, and health education. The draft regulations and associated statutory guidance build on the findings from the call for evidence and DfE's engagement with a wide range of expert organisations and interested parties. The responses to the consultation will help inform any further refining of the draft regulations and statutory guidance before the regulations are put before Parliament and the guidance finally published.

The key thing, of course, will be the nature of the curriculum, which is likely to be centrally determined and less open to local interpretation. In addition, the Government has made clear its intention to remove from parents the right to withdraw their children from sex education once they reach the age of 15. From that age it would become a decision for the child in question, which the school should honour.

The consultation document can be found here. CMF has submitted answers to a range of questions and the full submission can be found here.

For further information:

Dr Peter Saunders (CMF Chief Executive) 020 7234 9660
Philippa Taylor (CMF Head of Public Policy) 020 7234 9664
Steven Fouch (CMF Head of Communications) 020 7234 9668

Media Enquiries:

Alistair Thompson on 07970 162 225

About CMF:

Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) was founded in 1949 and is an interdenominational organisation with over 4,000 British doctor members in all branches of medicine. A registered charity, it is linked to about 65 similar bodies in other countries throughout the world.

CMF exists to unite Christian doctors to pursue the highest ethical standards in Christian and professional life and to increase faith in Christ and acceptance of his ethical teaching.

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