In March 2017 the Department for Education announced that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) would be compulsory in all England's council-run schools and academies. It was a move widely welcomed by the teaching profession and organisations such as The Eddystone Trust, Barnardo’s, Stonewall, the Catholic Education Service, NSPCC, Terrence Higgins Trust and the End Violence Against Women coalition

However, the current SRE curriculum guidelines have not been updated since 2000 and so, between now and February 12th 2018, the government is asking parents, teachers and (especially!) young people for their thoughts and comments to help to shape SRE and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) lessons from Autumn 2019. The aim is to ensure that SRE and PHSE lessons are relevant and help young people to stay safe and face the challenges of the modern world.

In launching the online consultation Education Secretary Justine Greening has said:  "Young people must have an education that teaches them the importance of healthy and stable relationships."

"It is unacceptable that relationships and sex education guidance has not been updated for almost 20 years, especially given the online risks - such as sexting and cyber-bullying - our children and young people face."

"This call for evidence is about giving teachers, parents and especially young people a chance to help shape that new approach and I'd urge them to take part."

Mags Davies, CEO of The Eddystone Trust, said: "It is our belief that young people should have access to the information they require about sex and be equipped with the relevant knowledge and tools to have healthy relationships."

Andrew Evans, Director of Operations at The Eddystone Trust, said: "The current guidelines contain no references to LGBTQ young people leaving many without the information they need to make decisions about their sexual health and well being.  This review process offers an opportunity to make SRE and PHSE lessons more inclusive and applicable for the broad spectrum of young people we have in our society."

The online consultation questionnaire should take about 30 minutes to complete and can be found by clicking HERE