Progress on relationship education ‘extremely disappointing’

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Progress made by the government towards the introduction of relationship education in schools is “extremely disappointing”, a Labour MP has claimed.

Education Secretary Justine Greening announced earlier this year that age-appropriate sex and relationships education would be introduced in schools from 2019. The new curriculum will be subject to public consultation.

Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, welcomed the initial announcement but has now asked Greening to outline progress to date and its proposals for funding the venture.

The Education Secretary responded:

“We’re going to be setting out the details about the engagement process that will get under way to make sure that we can get these next proposals right.”

But the Labour MP insisted the government was avoiding details, saying afterwards:

“It’s extremely disappointing that the Secretary of State refused to detail a timetable for implementing relationships education for all primary children. The government are dragging their heels on a crucial matter of child protection. Legislation is just words on paper unless it is resourced and acted on.”

Photo of Justine Greening courtesy of DFID – UK Department for International Development via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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