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Relationships education passes

The thorny issue of sex education was brought under the spotlight again on 8 March as the Commons passed plans for relationships education in primary schools, and sex and relationships education (SRE) in secondary schools.

Ruth Woodcraft

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Justine Greening, MP, Secretary of State for Education, responsible for the legislation

The government amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill, will make it compulsory that secondary schools teach SRE, which will be rebranded RSE to show the emphasis being placed on relationships. As it stands, the biological aspect of sex is compulsory to teach. But schools are not required to teach about consent, the illegalities around sexting, exploitation around pornography, the addictive nature of pornography, facts around infection rates for sex outside of marriage, or any moral issues surrounding sex.