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Government fails to make SRE statutory in all schools

Government fails to make SRE statutory in all schools

One in seven young people in school are still not receiving SRE.

Today the Government responded to the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Committee report into sexual violence and harassment in schools.

Several of the report’s recommendations included making sex and relationships education (SRE) statutory in all schools. The report highlighted the dire need for consistency in SRE across all schools, as well as up-to-date guidance and continuing professional development for teachers, so that they are confident when it comes to dealing with sexual violence and harassment within schools.

The Government acknowledged the significance of SRE in its response, and is apparently focused on ensuring good quality SRE for all. However, while it continues to drag its feet on making the subject statutory, one in seven young people are being left behind because they are not being taught SRE in school at all.

Statutory status is the only way to prepare all children and young people with the skills they need to identify and report abuse, as well as the sexual health and relationships knowledge they need for healthy lives outside of the school gates. Only when SRE is statutory will the subject have the status, curriculum time, resources, guidance and teacher training required to drive up quality.

Here at Terrence Higgins Trust we continue to urge the Government to stop burying its head in the sand and make SRE compulsory in all schools now.

Learn more about our SRE campaign 

Alex PhillipsAlex Phillips is Campaigns and Parliamentary Officer at Terrence Higgins Trust.