SEF Welcomes PSHE Commitment in Government's 21st Century Schools White Paper

The Sex Education Forum (SEF), based at NCB, today welcomes the governments' renewed commitment to making personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, which includes sex and relationships education, a compulsory subject in schools - and a guarantee for every pupil.

Making this guarantee will help to ensure that all children and young people grow up learning crucial information to support their health and well-being and gain the personal skills they need to develop safe and enjoyable relationships, free from harm.'

Jane Lees, Chair of the Sex Education Forum said: 'SEF particularly welcomes the White Paper's statement that schools work in partnership with parents. Young people have made it clear that their current SRE is not good enough and that they want their parents to talk to them more openly about growing up, sex and relationships. They also want their schools to provide SRE as part of timetabled lessons in primary and secondary schools, taught by properly trained teachers, and to be relevant to life in the 21st century.

'Many adults say their own SRE was inadequate. But with this solid guarantee and good partnerships in place, 21st century schools are ideally placed to support a new generation of children, with the information and skills they need in life.'


Notes for Editors:

  1. 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. For further information visit SEF.
  2. NCB mission is to advance the well-being of all children and young people across every aspect of their lives.  As a membership and infrastructure support agency for the children's sector in England and Northern Ireland, NCB provides essential information on policy, research and best practice for our members and the members of our wide range of partnership bodies, which operate under our charitable status and are based in our London headquarters. For further information visit NCB

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