Are primary schools being forced to teach sex education?

Polly Curtis

September 26, 2011

The Telegraph and Daily Mail report today that primary schools are being forced to teach sex education by local authorities. The story originates from a survey the Family Education Trust [FET] conducted of local authorities. The Trust describes itself as a “national educational trust which researches the causes and consequences of family breakdown” and claims to have no political or religious affiliations.

It asked whether primary schools with a policy not to teach sex and relationship education could still achieve “healthy schools status”, a Labour scheme which is no longer centrally funded but allows schools to bear a logo to demonstrate their credentials as a health-promoting school. But are primaries really being forced to teach five year olds about sex?

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