What can schools do to make LGBT-inclusive approaches central to high-quality, statutory relationships and sex education for all pupils. Lucy Emmerson offers some guidance

Nationally, more than one in four young people (22 per cent) say they did not learn about LGBT+ issues as part of RSE at school (SEF, 2018). Thankfully, new government guidance seeks to put this right (DfE, 2019). It sets out an expectation that all pupils are taught LGBT+ content at a timely point.

Schools should take heart from that the fact that new guidance on RSE and health education was recently voted through Parliament by an overwhelming majority of more than 500 MPs. This decisive message, from across the political spectrum, confirms the support for up-to-date and inclusive RSE.

So, with just over a year until the start of statutory RSE, now is the time to involve the whole school community in preparations for this change.

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