Ensuring access to the full curriculum

As part of the changes related to the new curriculum, the Welsh Government is consulting on proposals to:

  • End the right to withdraw from RE (religious education) and RSE (relationships and sexuality education)
  • change of name of RE to RW (religion and worldviews)

The National Secular Society has been a strong advocate of reform of RSE and RE in Wales. While we support in principle ending the right to withdraw, we will be advising ministers to proceed with caution.

Removing the right of withdrawal without addressing concerns over confessional or impartial RE will risk incompatibility with human rights obligations. We will also urge policymakers to consider the human rights implications where faith schools use RSE to promote discriminatory, inaccurate or shame-based teachings.

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 09:00