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Sex Education

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will amend the guidance produced by his Department to allow parents to examine the materials used in their child’s sex education classes; and if he will make a statement; (95061)

(2) what recent representations he has received from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public about amending his Department’s guidance on sex education to allow parents to examine the materials used in their child’s sex education classes; and if he will make a statement.

All schools are required by law to have regard to the Department’s guidance on “Sex and Relationship Education” (2000). The guidance advises governors and head teachers to discuss with parents and take on board any concerns raised on sensitive materials to be used within the classroom. It also places a responsibility on schools to protect pupils from inappropriate teaching and materials. Additionally, all schools are required by law to have an up-to-date policy on sex and relationship education available to parents for inspection and this would normally reference key teaching resources.

The Department regularly receives correspondence from hon. Members and members of the public on sex and relationship education in schools.

There are no plans to amend the current guidance to schools on sex and relationship education.