Forum Welcomes McDonald Review

The Sex Education Forum warmly welcomes Sir Alasdair Macdonald's advice that Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE education) should be made part of the compulsory school curriculum. This will ensure that all children and young people will grow up learning crucial information to support their health and well-being. This announcement is the next step in ensuring young people's entitlement to good quality sex and relationships education.

Jane Lees, Chair of the Sex Education Forum said 'We fully welcome Sir Alasdair's report which recognises the widespread support for PSHE education that has been voiced by young people, teachers and parents. The teaching of sex and relationships education has always been very patchy but by giving schools clear information about what they are expected to teach, and promoting training for teachers we can expect standards to improve.'
The report also recognises the important role that parents and carers have in SRE. The Sex Education Forum welcomes greater communication between schools and parents and carers about SRE. Schools are also being encouraged to listen to the views of young people to ensure the teaching meets their needs.

Download the report:
Independent Review of the proposal to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education statutory

Notes for Editors:

  • The Sex Education Forum is the national authority on sex and relationships education (SRE). We believe that good quality SRE is an entitlement for all children and young people and we are working with its 50 member organisations - including religious, children's, parents and governor, health and education organisations - to achieve this. Further information
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