Sex education to include porn and consent issues in fresh government U-turn

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18th December 2016

Sex and relationships education is to be made compulsory in schools in the latest U-turn by the Government.

Concerns have grown that sexting and sexual bullying are endemic in schools.
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According to The Sunday Times ministers plan to bring forward proposals to force teachers to cover pornography, sexting, domestic violence and the nature of consent.

In February this year then-education secretary Nicky Morgan infuriated campaigners by rejecting calls to make sex education a compulsory part of the national curriculum.

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But her replacement Justine Greening said in September the policy was being looked at, and now appears set to change tack amid concerns sexting and sexual bullying are endemic in schools.

Currently sex education is a non-optional part of the curriculum, but schools can pick and choose whether they want to teach children about safe and healthy relationships.

A change could be included in amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill, which is currently making its way through parliament, the Sunday Times reports.

A government source told the paper: “Justine is clear that this is something that has to be looked at.

“It is not just a question of making it mandatory but also of what we should be teaching, including issues such as sexting and domestic violence.”

The Department for Education said: “High-quality education on sex and relationships is a vital part of preparing young people for success in adult life — helping them make informed choices, stay safe and learn to respect themselves and others...

“We are actively looking at options to ensure that all children have access to high-quality teaching of these subjects.”