Tell the Government what you think about SRE.
The Government has launched a consultation on Relationships and Sex Education, which will become compulsory in all schools in England from autumn 2019.
We believe Relationships and Sex Education must include:
- A strong emphasis on sexual health
- LGBT sex and relationships
- Up-to-date information on HIV
- Proper training, support and resources for teachers
- The right information at the right time
'It’s vital that young people are at the heart of this initial consultation to ensure this is done right' says our Chief Executive Ian Green, welcoming the beginning of this process.
'In order to help tackle high rates of sexually transmitted infections among young people and ensure that all young people have the information they need to make informed decisions about relationships, we must see a strong emphasis on neglected topics such as sexual health and LGBT inclusion in this guidance.'
Don’t miss the opportunity to have your say on this important issue.
Take part in the consultation now.
In March 2017 we achieved our first major step forward in our campaign on SRE. The Government committed to ensuring SRE is delivered by September 2019 in all schools in England: primaries, secondaries, academies, state-maintained, free schools and even private schools. Read our full reaction to the news.
Our work is far from over but this is a huge leap forward. Over the coming months we will be working hard to ensure that the guidance is updated, including ensuring that it is LGBT-inclusive as well as having a major emphasis on sexual health, among other things.
Thanks again for all of your support – this landmark decision couldn’t have happened without you, our supporters.
Our SRE report
Our ‘SRE: Shh… No Talking’ report [PDF], published in July 2016, highlighted that sex and relationships education (SRE) is inadequate or absent in many schools. The report was published following a survey of over 900 young people aged 16-24 and it revealed that:
- 99 per cent of young people surveyed thought SRE should be mandatory in all schools
- 97 per cent thought it should be LGBT inclusive
- one in seven respondents had not received any SRE at all
- over half (61 per cent) received SRE just once a year or less
- half of young people rated the SRE they received in school as either ‘poor’ or ‘terrible’
- just 2 per cent rated it as ‘excellent’ and only 10 per cent rated it as ‘good’
- 95 per cent were not taught about LGBT relationships
Meanwhile, several key topics were conspicuously absent from respondents’ experiences of SRE:
- 75 per cent of young people were not taught about consent
- 95 per cent had not learned about LGBT sex and relationships
- 89 per cent were not taught about sex and pleasure
- 97 per cent missed out on any discussion around gender identity
- three out of five respondents either didn’t remember receiving information on HIV in school (32 per cent) or didn’t receive information on HIV in school (27 per cent)
We collaborate with other organisations when campaigning on SRE. Terrence Higgins Trust is a member of the Sex Education Forum (SEF) who work together with its members and other stakeholders to achieve quality SRE. Established in 1987, SEF believe that all children and young people have the right to good SRE. SEF’s work on SRE is underpinned by evidence, a rights-based approach and the expressed needs of children and young people.