The Accord Coalition has urged the Government to not get distracted from assuring that all state funded schools provide their pupils with thorough Personal, Social, Economic and Health Education (PSHE) ahead of the second reading of Nadine Dorries MP’s proposed Sex Education (Required Content) Bill on Friday January 20th. The Bill seeks to secure the teaching of the benefits of abstinence education for girls aged 13 to 16.
Chair of the Accord Coalition, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE said, ‘At a time when children are bombarded by media messages about sex, and also subject to peer pressure, high quality PSHE, which includes age appropriate Sex and Relationships Education, is vital to children and young people’s health and wellbeing.
‘We therefore urge the Government to listen only to professional experts in the provision of PSHE, and make sure that all children can make informed choices based on a broad-based education in sexual and personal relationships. It is important that schools neither avoid the issue nor seek to limit children’s horizons’.