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?