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Health Education: Sex

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether sex and relationships guidance issued under Section 403 of the Education Act 1996 would apply to the teaching of understanding physical development health and well-being in primary schools under the provisions proposed in the Children, Schools and Families Bill. (311025)

We plan to consult on revised guidance on sex and relationships education (SRE) shortly. The revised guidance is set within the current legislative framework, the statutory programmes of study for science and the non-statutory framework for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education and Citizenship for key stages 1 and 2. It includes guidance on teaching primary school pupils about physical development and how to develop a healthier, safer lifestyle. Subject to the passage of the Bill, further guidance will be developed to support the implementation and delivery of statutory PSHE education in schools which will build upon, rather than replace this guidance.