schoolgen1New advice for schools on how to provide sex and relationships education which meets the needs of all young people whatever their gender or sexuality, has been designed by the Sex Education Forum.

The advice focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and will help schools deliver a sex and relationships education (SRE) curriculum which is inclusive for all their pupils.

Lucy Emmerson, Co-ordinator of the SEF said: “For too long, young people have spoken about the damage done through poor quality or non-existent SRE. Ofsted share our concern and found in inspections that the casual use of homophobic language is commonplace in schools. The latest edition of our e-magazine explains how love and respect are core values that run throughout good quality SRE and are essential for challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

“The next generation expect equalities legislation to be put into practice in school life and the curriculum they are taught. This magazine includes lesson ideas for primary and secondary schools and aims to show just how straightforward it can be to teach SRE in a way that is relevant for all children and young people. We will also continue to campaign for statutory and inclusive SRE as part of an entitlement to personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.”

Further reading: More STIs than ever for young people in UK

A recent survey by Youth Chances showed that young people have said that same-sex relationships and transgender people are often "completely invisible in SRE" and that the failure to discuss different families, gender identity and sexual orientation in school lessons is detrimental to their health and well-being.

A further YouGov poll revealed that 37% of primary school teachers and 29% of secondary school teachers ‘don’t know’ if they are allowed to teach about lesbian, gay or bisexual issues despite landmark changes to legislation for LGBT equality in the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

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