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Sex Education

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on sex education; and if he will make a statement. (99264)

The Department has not commissioned any research on sex and relationship education (SRE) but we have reflected the available evidence base in guidance given to schools.

Ofsted is responsible for assessing the quality of schools’ provision in the area of personal, social and health education including SRE through its inspection framework and subject reports.

All schools are expected to meet the statutory requirements for sex education and have an up-to-date policy on SRE. This policy should set out the process by which a school will assess how well its provision is meeting the needs of pupils.