Former union president to advise DfE on sex and relationships education

The Tes reports the appointment of Ian Bauckham, a headteacher and academy leader, follows the government’s decision earlier this year to make relationships education mandatory in primary schools, and relationships and sex education compulsory in secondary schools, under the Children and Social Work Act.

The Act also gave the education secretary the power to make personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) mandatory in all schools.

In an answer to a parliamentary question last week, schools minister Nick Gibb said the government intended to “conduct thorough and wide-ranging engagement with stakeholders” on the matter.

He said he would set out “shortly” more details about this process, as well as the timetable, and aimed for schools to be teaching the new subjects from September 2019.

Mr Bauckham’s new role will see him speak to parents, teachers, children and other interested groups about the topics that young people today need to understand to stay safe and happy, including age-appropriate content on mental wellbeing, keeping safe online and LGBT+ issues

He said: “As we work to update relationships and sex education and consider the role and importance of PSHE in schools, I am looking forward to meeting and hearing from a wide range of interested parties.”

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