Compulsory sex and relationship education to be introduced in Britain

New guidelines will, for the first time, eliminate the possibility for parents to opt-out their children from sex education in school. 

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Mandatory sex and relationship education in schools is set to be introduced across Britain in 2020. The guidelines include material for teachers that educate students on transgender and same sex relationships, online relationships and domestic violence.

The introduction of these guidelines will guarantee all children are exposed to a minimum of one term of sex and relationship education before they are 16. It will also, for the first time, eliminate the possibility for parents to opt-out their children from sex education in school.

The move has caused upset within religious communities, with academic Geoffrey Alderman suggesting that ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents may turn to home school education. Dozens of rabbis have protested the promotion of “alterative lifestyles” in a written letter.

Details from the story:

  • From the age of five children will be educated about same sex and transgender relationships.
  • These guidelines will make it mandatory for children to receive a minimum of one term of sex and relationships education before they are 16.
  • The guidelines include material on navigating healthy relationships, the illegality of female genital mutilation, online grooming and domestic violence.
  • It also educates students about the legal issues and implications associated with sending intimate photos.
  • The move is expected to cause upset within religious communities.
  • Over 100,000 signatures have been collected in objection to the new curriculum.
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