The Sex Education Forum (SEF) campaign, It’s My Right, is aiming to guarantee every pupil access to high-quality SRE. It argues that statutory status would lead to SRE being treated on a par with other subjects – with teachers getting the training they need and enough time being allocated in the timetable. It says SRE is crucial to addressing issues such as respectful relationships, domestic violence and consent.
However, the SEF is concerned that, currently, schools can opt out of SRE for “all but a handful of science topics”. Its survey of just over 200 teachers also found that 68 per cent said they need more training to deliver good-quality SRE. The campaign comes after Ofsted found that the teaching of SRE is inadequate in a third of schools and as the Education Select Committee starts to consider evidence as part of its new PSHE inquiry.
Jane Lees, SEF chair, said: “For too long young people have been telling us about what they wish they had learnt in school about consent and relationships and how better knowledge of their body and sexual health facts could have kept them safer and healthier. We are calling for all political parties’ commitment to make SRE statutory.”
To get involved, visit www.sexeducationforum.org.uk