RSE: We have come a long way

There are still challenges ahead, but the RSE and health education guidance is a step in the right direction to helping children grow up healthier and happier, says Anna Feuchtwang

When new government guidance requiring schools to provide relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education was put before Parliament in February, it coincided, almost to the minute, with a debate elsewhere in Westminster Hall resisting the change.

The debate was triggered by a petition signed by a vocal minority of parents unhappy about not having the right to withdraw their child from the new relationships classes.

Sadly, objections to teaching about same-sex relationships surfaced from the debate, but the secretary of state was clear in his conviction that “this is a diverse society and children need to know that this is a diverse society”.

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