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Relationships and Sex Education Digest

November 2014


Parliamentary news and current affairs

Nicky Morgan made positive comments on PSHE and SRE while appearing on BBC’s Woman’s Hour. In her interview she talked about the importance of teaching about healthy relationships, and seemed to dismiss a suggestion made by the interviewer that PSHE and SRE overburdens teachers’ workload (1 October). Read the Pink News article here:


Caroline Lucas’ PSHE (Statutory Requirement) Bill to make PSHE and SRE statutory, due to be debated in Parliament on 24 October, has now been postponed until 27 February (26 October). Read more here:


The Deputy Children’s Commissioner recommended compulsory PSHE education, including SRE, during the Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into violence against women and girls (15 October). Read the transcript here:


The first oral evidence session for the Education select Committee inquiry into PSHE and SRE took place on 21 October. It focused on sex and relationships education in particular, including evidence of its impact and how the quality of provision can be measured (23 October). Read the transcript here:


The Department for Education and Government Equalities Office have announced a £2 million budget to fund projects to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools (29 October). Read the statement here:


Recent Events and Campaigns

UKEdChat hosted a Twitter chat on topics related to the teaching of PSHE and SRE in schools
, using the hashtag #UKEdChat, ahead of the Education Committee’s inquiry into PSHE and SRE’s first oral evidence session (9 October). Read more here:


Body Confidence Week and Body Confidence Awards took place in the week from 13-19 October. These formed part of the ‘Be Real body confidence campaign’ led by organisations including Dove, New Look, YMCA and Girlguiding. Read the Times article here:  


Numerous organisations have made statements in support of Caroline Lucas’ PSHE Statutory Entitlement Bill. These include teaching unions and charities including National Children’s Bureau, YoungMinds, Stonewall and others (24 October). Read more here:


Teaching unions Voice, NAHT, NUT and ATL have written a letter published in the Times supporting compulsory SRE and PSHE (29 October). Read the Times letter here:


Reports and Surveys

The Key Stage 4 draft curriculum has been amended, following consultation, to include sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS
(1 October). Read the response here:


The Faculty of Public Health have included statutory PSHE including SRE in their manifesto of 12 health priorities (29 October). Read the manifesto here:


The Coffey Inquiry into child sexual exploitation has published its final report. The report recommends statutory PSHE education as part of a raft of other measures (30 October). Read the report here:


Comment and Opinion Pieces

Simon Blake, CEO of Brook, has mentioned the importance of PSHE in his article in Huffington Post ‘HIV Diagnoses Among Young Gay Men: We Need to Act’
(14 October). Read:


An article published in the Guardian ‘What I learned in a sexual consent class at Oxford’ looks at the effect of the newly introduced compulsory sexual consent workshops (28 October). Read:

Contact Karin Hutchinson to book staff training on delivering sexual consent sessions.


An article published in the Guardian ‘Today we’re talking masturbation’: sitting in on a sex education class’ follows a sex education tutorial with Antonietta Moch from Brook and mentions the importance of SRE and PSHE in covering issues such as consent (24 October). Read: