Adi Bloom

Is statutory sex education destined to fail?

Campaigners and teachers are concerned that the new provision will let down a generation of pupils who face challenges such as sexting and online grooming. Adi Bloom reports

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It has, by any measure, been a drawn-out process. For at least two decades, sexeducation campaigners have been demanding that the subject should be made statutory. Governments of different persuasions have toyed with the idea for almost 10 years.

As the world changed, however, consensus grew as everyone – from sexual-health charity Brook to the Catholic Education Service – agreed that good sex education was vital to keeping pupils safe.

And so, finally, it was announced that, from September 2019, all primary and secondary pupils would study a version of relationships and sex education.

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