Sex and Relationships Education in Schools

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2002 National Lesbian & Gay Conference
1 August 2002
Carried as Amended

In 1987 the Sex Education Forum was established with the hope that, along with other organisations they would share a common aim of providing information regarding sex and relationships.

In 1999 the National Healthy School Standard was set up at local, regional and national levels in order to develop partnership with schools which would enable them to better educate youngsters on the subject of “Sex and Relationships Education”.

Despite all this most schools still seem very ill-equipped and hesitant to discuss anything other than the perceived “normal” relationship of one man and one woman. The subject is part of the National Curriculum and should be discussed during PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Education).

A national group “Schools Out” is doing its best by researching curriculum development, and actively campaigning to ensure new DFES (Department for Education and Skills) Guidance on Sex and Relationships is inclusive of all types of relationship, and does not portray any family or relationship as inferior to another.

Conference welcomes the information contained in the NLGC Annual Report of the work of the TUC co-ordinated joint union campaign against homophobic bullying in education, of which both UNISON and “Schools Out” are active members. Conference urges members to lobby government bodies responsible for planning National Curriculum, to ensure children will be able to access a fair education on all matters of sexuality