Renewed calls to make SRE compulsory in all schools
February 17, 2017
The Local Government Association (LGA) has released a statement this week calling on the government to make Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) compulsory in all schools. The LGA claim that the lack of compulsory SRE in academies and free schools is “creating a ticking sexual health time bomb”, pointing to sharp increases in the number of people diagnosed with an STI on leaving school. According to Public Health England there were 141,060 new diagnoses for people aged 20 to 25 compared with 78,066 for 15 to 19-year-olds.
The LGA point to the £600 million budgeted each year by councils on sexual health as one of the biggest areas of public health spending for councils, and how this “major health protection issue” could be prevented by SRE in schools.
Last week, a group of cross-party MPs tabled several amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill going through parliament. The amendments include the requirement to make Relationships Education a statutory subject within the National Curriculum and to extend the duty to provide sex education (currently applied in maintained schools) to academies and free schools.