In response to the Department for Education’s consultation on relationships and sex Education (RSE) and personal, social, health, and economic education (PSHE) in English schools, Humanists UK has stressed the need for both RSE and PSHE to be available to pupils in all schools, including faith schools. Humanists UK is an active member of the Sex Education Forum (SEF) and PSHE Association.
The consultation was established by the Government following the introduction of mandatory Relationships Education in primary schools and RSE in secondary schools, which takes effect from September 2019. It aims to explore how the existing guidance on RSE should be amended and what topics should be included in teaching at primary and secondary level. The consultation also covers PSHE and asks for views on what subject matter it should feature if a decision to make it compulsory in English primary and secondary schools is taken by the Government.
Key aspects of Humanists UK’s response include:
The response concludes by urging the DfE to be ‘resilient’ in the face of religious leaders and organisations who claim to represent the view of parents when lobbying for the freedom to teach narrow, LGBT-exclusive RSE. ‘RSE should focus on meeting the needs of all children, not accommodating the harmful bigotries of a minority of unrepresentative religious leaders’, Humanists UK argues.
Humanists UK Education Campaigns Manager Jay Harman commented, ‘The core message of our response is very simple. The information provided in PSHE, RSE, and Relationships Education is vitally important in keeping children healthy, happy, and safe, so it must be accurate, evidence-based, relevant to all pupils, and taught in all schools. If there is any compromise on any of those things, either from the Government or schools, children will be failed. This is what we will be telling the Department for Education as the consultation process continues.’
For further comment or information please contact Humanists UK Education Campaigns Manager Jay Harman on email@example.com or 0207 324 3078.
Read Humanists UK’s full response: https://humanism.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017-01-22-FINAL-RSE-and-PSHE-consultation-Humanists-UK-response.pdf
Read Humanists UK’s previous news item ‘Humanists UK encourages responses to Government RSE and PSHE consultation: https://humanism.org.uk/2018/01/18/humanists-uk-encourages-responses-to-government-rse-and-pshe-consultation/
Read more about our work on RSE/PSHE: https://humanism.org.uk/campaigns/schools-and-education/school-curriculum/pshe-and-sex-and-relationships-education/
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