Thursday, November 5, 2009
Parents are to lose the right to withdraw their child from sex education classes when the youngster reaches 15, Schools Secretary Ed Balls announced today.
The move means all teenagers will receive at least one year’s worth of lessons covering sex, contraception and relationships before the age of consent.
Faith schools will not be able to opt out of any part of the new statutory curriculum although they will be able to teach topics within the ‘tenets of their faith’.
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But furious family campaigners said that it was ‘outrageous’ that the Government should ‘presume to know better than parents’.
So-called Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is to become compulsory in both primary and secondary schools from September 2011, and will be enshrined in new legislation.
Under current rules parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education classes up until the age of 19.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 9:29 am