RSE (LGBT)

I welcome that relationships and sex education (RSE) will be compulsory in all secondary schools in England. The teaching will focus on healthy adult relationships, with sex education delivered in that context, and teaching should be relevant to all young people. Schools should ensure that young people, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity, feel that RSE is relevant to them and sensitive to their needs. Schools will be required to publish a clear statement of their policy and subject content for teaching the new subject.

A call for evidence was launched asking parents, teachers and young people to help shape a new RSE curriculum that will help them stay safe and face the challenges of the modern world. I understand that the issue of teaching about different types of families was also raised in the consultation. I look forward to reading the Department of Education's response when it is published.

I am encouraged by these efforts to deliver a high standard of RSE, and the commitment to making discrimination against LGBT people a thing of the past.