Intercourse and relationships schooling is to be made obligatory in all colleges in England, the federal government is to announce.
All youngsters from the age of 4 will probably be taught about secure and wholesome relationships, Schooling Secretary Justine Greening is predicted to say.
Youngsters may even be taught – at an applicable age – about intercourse.
Till now, intercourse schooling has been obligatory solely in colleges run by native authorities. A loophole meant academies and free colleges had been exempt.
Since these colleges will not be below native authority management, they don’t have to observe the nationwide curriculum and are due to this fact not obliged to show intercourse and relationships schooling (SRE).
Nevertheless, in follow, the overwhelming majority do educate the topic – the federal government’s announcement will imply all colleges throughout the system will probably be certain by the identical obligation.
Age-appropriate classes can have specific emphasis on what constitutes wholesome relationships, in addition to the risks of sexting, on-line pornography and sexual harassment.
The announcement follows a widespread marketing campaign by charities, MPs and native authorities, calling for (SRE) to be made a statutory for all colleges.
On the finish of final yr, the chairmen and ladies of 5 completely different Commons choose committees called on Ms Greening to make SRE a statutory subject.
Their name got here after a report from the Girls and Equalities Committee confirmed that sexual bullying was a significant problem in schools.
Final month, the Native Authorities Affiliation stated the dearth of intercourse and relationships schooling in a few of England’s secondary colleges was making a “ticking sexual health time bomb”.