Justine Greening presses Government to ensure sex education is taught in all schools

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening has pressed the Government to ensure that relationships and sex education (RSE) is taught in all schools.
In her first comments to Parliament since Monday’s Cabinet reshuffle, Ms Greening called for cross-party support changes to the guidance for teaching RSE in primary and secondary schools.

Addressing a parliamentary question to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who took over Ms Greening’s brief as Minister for Women and Equalities in the Cabinet reshuffle this week, Ms Greening asked: “Can she confirm that the Government will push ahead with updating the guidance that’s now so out of date, but also if she will meet with myself, [Maria Miller, chair of the women and equalities select committee] and also [shadow women and equalities minister Sarah Champion] to make sure we can have a cross-party support for the work that is being undertaken?”

Ms Rudd confirmed that she would be “delighted to work with [Ms Greening] to ensure that that is the case, and also across the House to ensure that the outcome we get is one that the whole House can support”.

Earlier this year, legislation passed by Parliament made relationships education compulsory in all primary schools, and relationships and sex education compulsory in all secondaries.

An eight-week consultation was launched last month. Schools are urged to contribute their views on how RSE should be delivered in the classroom here.


Current guidance, last updated in 2000, does not address risks to pupils such as sexting, online grooming and pornography.

Read the full article in the Tes.


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