Coalition for consent - clause 20

Coalition for consent - clause 20

On 11 June MPs will be voting on an amendment to the Children and Families Bill that would make Personal, Social and Health Education, including SRE, part of the statutory curriculum in England. We are working in a coalition with other charities and MPs. We need your help to put pressure on MPs to vote for thsi amendment.   

Please write to your MP, asking them to vote for statutory Sex and Relationships Education on Tuesday. You can use this simple e-mail template from the Terrence Higgins Trust.

The Sex Education Forum have produced a briefing for Parliamentarians.

We believe SRE has a key role to play in promoting respectful relationships and preventing relationship violence and sexual abuse and exploitation. Currently the provision of SRE in schools is unacceptably patchy and inconsistent. Every child and young person has a right to comprehensive SRE and we (as adults) have a duty to ensure this.

About the amendment to the Children and Families Bill

'Personal, social and health education in maintained schools' New Clause 20: Lisa Nandy; Mrs Sharon Hodgson; Stella Creasy

 1) In section 84(3) of the Education Act 2002 (curriculum foundation subjects for the first, second and third key stages), after paragraph (g) there is inserted- "(ga) personal, social and health education".

(2) In section 85(4) of the Education Act 2002 (curriculum foundation subjects for the fourth key stage), at the end there is inserted


(4) Before section 86 of the Education Act 2002 there is inserted-

"85B Personal, social and health education

 - (1) For the purposes of this Part, personal, social and health education ("PSHE") shall include sex and relationship education, including information about same-sex relationships, sexual violence, domestic violence and sexual consent.

Full text of the proposed amendment from the Parliament web-site or access the extract  directly in a PDF


About the coalition for consent campaign

A 5-day pop up coalition has been created to generate maximum support from MPs by 11 June 2013. The Sex Education Forum is supporting the Coalition for consent campaign along with Women's Aid, End Violence Against Women, National Union of Students, fpa, Brook, the PHSE Association, The EQUALs coalition, No More Page 3, Everyday Sexism, NSPCC, Terence Higgins Trust as well as the Labour Party who will be voting for this amendment. Mumsnet will also be sharing details of this campaign with their members.

The campaign has been covered in the guardian (7 June 2013). You can support the campaign by emailing your MP.