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Health Education: Sex

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) mechanisms will be used and (b) timetable has been set for introducing new guidance on the teaching of sex and relationships education. (309610)

We have announced our intention to issue revised guidance to schools on sex and relationships education in response to the recommendations of the steering group that led the Review of SRE in Schools. We plan to consult on the revised guidance in this year, with a view to making it available to schools for the start of the next academic year. The guidance will offer advice to schools for implementing SRE under the current legislative arrangements and will be revised if needed, subject to the passage of the Children and Families Bill which seeks to make PSHE statutory.