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Sex education could become compulsory in all secondary schools

Sex education may become compulsory in every secondary school in England, according to the new Education Secretary Justine Greening.

According to The Telegraph, Ms Greening said that the issue was near the top of her ‘in-tray’ since taking the role and said the government had a ‘real opportunity’ to improve teaching about sex education.

In February this year, the then Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, rejected calls from MPs to make sex-and-relationship education compulsory in all schools, saying the government would keep the subject’s status ‘under review’.

At present, sex education is compulsory in all maintained secondary schools but not academies and free schools – which make up about two thirds of all secondaries.

MPs told Ms Greening that according to research the number of school hours spent teaching one form of sex education has fallen by a third in the last four years.

When Ms Greening was asked if she wanted to make sex education compulsory, she said: ‘It’s an area I’m looking at and I haven’t reached a formal view. You’re right to ask the question about what it will take to make sure we do a stronger job.’

Next week, Parent Zone will be publishing an interview with Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse and Domestic Violence, Sarah Champion, in which she talks about the issue of sex education.

Read the full Telegraph article here.

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