ATL calls for sex and relationship education to be made compulsory

Press release
27 January 2017 by ATL Media Office
Commenting on the report on the inspection of sex and relationship education, by the British Humanist Association - Healthy, Happy, Safe? An investigation into how PSHE and SRE are inspected in English schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

“ATL calls for sex and relationship education to be made compulsory.  The Government should stop stalling and take swift action. Ofsted inspections alone are clearly not enough to ensure that our children and young people get the information, guidance and support to make good decisions about sex and relationships in an increasingly complex world.

“The British Humanist Association has carried out timely and essential work in establishing how PSHE and SRE are inspected. The findings are stark and should be of concern to the Government. It is shocking that sex and relationship education is mentioned in less than 1% of Ofsted reports, and disappointing that PSHE is mentioned in just 14%.”

British Humanist Association - Healthy, Happy, Safe? An investigation into how PSHE and SRE are inspected in English schools

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