EDUCATION secretary Justine Greening has announced that the teaching of age-appropriate relationship education will be made compulsory in all primary schools.
The amendment means children as young as four could be taught about issues such as cyber bullying, ‘sexting’ and staying safe online in general, with the teaching planned to begin in September 2019.
The move has been welcomed by Rotherham MP and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Sarah Champion, who has campaigned extensively for the change.
Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools
Sex and relationships education is to be made compulsory in all schools in England, the government has announced.
All children from the age of four will be taught about safe and healthy relationships, Education Secretary Justine Greening said.
Children will also be taught, at an appropriate age, about sex. But parents will still have the right to withdraw their children from these classes.
Until now, sex education has been compulsory only in council-run schools.
Sex education made compulsory in all South Yorkshire secondary schools
Children in South Yorkshire are to learn about healthy relationships from age four, with sex education compulsory in all secondary schools, it has been confirmed.
Parents will still have the right to withdraw their child from the classes, while religious schools will still be able to teach sex education within the tenets of their faith, the Government announced.