Tags: rse

Government threatens Jewish schools’ “purity”, rabbi claims

Government threatens Jewish schools’ “purity”, rabbi claims

Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2018

A rabbi has called on Orthodox Jewish schools to resist requirements to teach evolution and about non-traditional relationships in the latest sign of defiance of the government and inspectors.

In an article published on EverywhereK, Mordechai Rose said the... Read More »

NSS welcomes Ofsted head’s opposition to faith-based exemptions

NSS welcomes Ofsted head’s opposition to faith-based exemptions

Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2018

The National Secular Society has welcomed the chief inspector of schools in England's expression of opposition to faith-based "carve-outs" in regulations for independent schools.

In an interview this week with the JC, Amanda Spielman said the education watchdog... Read More »

Consultation launched on relationship & sex education guidance

Consultation launched on relationship & sex education guidance

Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2018

The government has launched a consultation on new statutory guidance and regulations intended to make Relationships Education and Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) compulsory.

As the National Secular Society reported on Tuesday, the delay in bringing... Read More »

Comprehensive sex and relationship education delayed till at least 2020

Comprehensive sex and relationship education delayed till at least 2020

Posted: Tue, 17 Jul 2018

Following mounting equivocation from DfE officials, and growing rumours, it has been confirmed that compulsory relationships and sex education (RSE) has been delayed from 2019 until 2020.

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 required the Government to bring... Read More »

NSS welcomes plan to ban LGBT ‘conversion therapy’

NSS welcomes plan to ban LGBT ‘conversion therapy’

Posted: Tue, 03 Jul 2018

The National Secular Society has welcomed a government announcement that it will bring forward proposals to end the practice of LGBT 'conversion therapy' in the UK.

But the NSS criticised the government's failure to mention anti-LGBT sex education in faith... Read More »

Ofsted: Jewish school failing on safety, curriculum and tolerance

Ofsted: Jewish school failing on safety, curriculum and tolerance

Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2018

Ofsted has deemed a state-funded Jewish school inadequate after finding it deliberately undermined pupils' safety, taught a narrow curriculum and failed to promote tolerance.

A report published this morning severely criticised the leadership of Yesodey Hatorah... Read More »

Welsh faith schools will keep distorting sex education, NSS warns

Welsh faith schools will keep distorting sex education, NSS warns

Posted: Fri, 25 May 2018

Allowing Welsh faith schools to teach sex education through a religious lens will distort the subject and teach children to be ashamed, the National Secular Society has warned.

In a letter to Kirsty Williams, the cabinet secretary for education in Wales, the... Read More »

Most faith schools distorting sex education, NSS study finds

Most faith schools distorting sex education, NSS study finds

Posted: Tue, 01 May 2018

More than three-quarters of state-funded secondary faith schools in England are failing to teach Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) impartially, an exclusive National Secular Society report has found.

The NSS report, Unsafe Sex Education: The risk of letting... Read More »

Lords committee: respect the law before “the values of others”

Lords committee: respect the law before “the values of others”

Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2018

Public policy must put "respect for the law" before "respect for the values of others" and defend "the shared values of British citizenship", a House of Lords committee has said.

In a report published yesterday, the Lords select committee on citizenship and... Read More »

Right of withdrawal from sex education will continue, says Hinds

Right of withdrawal from sex education will continue, says Hinds

Posted: Wed, 21 Feb 2018

Parents will continue to have the right to withdraw their children from sex education at secondary school, the education secretary has confirmed.

Damian Hinds's comments come as the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and PSHE (Personal, Social... Read More »

NSS: Faith must not restrict pupils' access to sex education

NSS: Faith must not restrict pupils' access to sex education

Posted: Fri, 09 Feb 2018

The National Secular Society has told the Government that young people's access to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) should not be restricted on religious grounds.

The NSS also said RSE and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) teaching should be... Read More »

Faith ethos loophole risks undermining sex education, NSS warns

Faith ethos loophole risks undermining sex education, NSS warns

Posted: Tue, 19 Dec 2017

The Department for Education has launched a consultation on new sex education guidance which will allow schools to teach the subject from a religious perspective.

The National Secular Society is urging supporters to respond to the consultation, which will be... Read More »

Sex education: schools’ religious ethos may ‘limit’ pupils’ knowledge of LGBT facts and contraception

Sex education: schools’ religious ethos may ‘limit’ pupils’ knowledge of LGBT facts and contraception

Posted: Wed, 12 Jul 2017

More than 50 faith leaders have warned that schools' ability to teach relationships and sex education (RSE) through a faith ethos could undermine its accuracy and inclusivity.

In a letter in the Guardian, figures from churches and synagogues across the UK ... Read More »

Commons passes ‘mandatory’ sex education, but includes religious opt outs

Commons passes ‘mandatory’ sex education, but includes religious opt outs

Posted: Wed, 08 Mar 2017

The passage of an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill means that Relationships and Sex Education will become mandatory in all schools in England.

However campaign groups including the National Secular Society have criticised religious opt-outs that... Read More »

Sex education reforms: faith schools to keep special exemptions

Sex education reforms: faith schools to keep special exemptions

Posted: Wed, 01 Mar 2017

The National Secular Society has welcomed moves to make sex and relationship education statutory, but urged the Government to rethink de facto exemptions for faith schools.

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, has announced the Government's... Read More »

“All schools” must provide sex education, says Labour MP in appeal for Conservative support

“All schools” must provide sex education, says Labour MP in appeal for Conservative support

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017

Labour MP Stella Creasy has written in Conservative Home appealing for cross-party support to make sex and relationships education (SRE) mandatory in all schools, including faith schools.

Recent efforts to secure mandatory SRE in schools have failed and some... Read More »

Sex education should be mandatory to help prevent child abuse, says former Solicitor General

Sex education should be mandatory to help prevent child abuse, says former Solicitor General

Posted: Tue, 02 Aug 2016

Former Solicitor General Vera Baird QC, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, considers that compulsory PSHE in primary schools is "key" to tackling "sexual exploitation" and child abuse.

Writing in the Guardian, the chair of the Association of Police... Read More »

UN children’s rights Committee calls on UK to abolish compulsory worship in schools

UN children’s rights Committee calls on UK to abolish compulsory worship in schools

Posted: Fri, 10 Jun 2016

A United Nations committee has urged the UK to repeal laws requiring the provision of 'broadly Christian' worship in UK schools. It also called for pupils to be given the independent right of withdrawal from any religious worship held in schools.

In a report... Read More »

NSS welcomes Caroline Lucas’ bill on compulsory PSHE and sex education

NSS welcomes Caroline Lucas’ bill on compulsory PSHE and sex education

Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2015

Caroline Lucas MP has urged the Government to make personal, social and health education (PSHE) compulsory in all schools, including free schools and academies.

The teaching of PSHE does not currently have a statutory footing, meaning there are significant... Read More »

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015

New guidelines from the Diocese of Portsmouth say that Catholic schools should promote "chastity" as the "underlying theme" of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

The Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth has published new guidelines on SRE urging Catholic faith... Read More »