The TES is reporting that Justine Greening has been warned by MPs over her idea to no longer make SRE compulsory.
Leading MPs have warned Justine Greening of the “consequences” of the government’s decision not to make sex and relationships education (SRE) and PSHE compulsory in schools
The warning, from the chairs of five different select committees, comes despite the education secretary saying earlier this month that she would look at how sex and relationships education (SRE), in particular, could be improved in the coming months.
In a letter, signed by three Conservative and two Labour committee chairs, the MPs criticised ministers’ decision not to act on a women and equalities committee report that recommended SRE be made a statutory subject.
Ministers “failed to seize” the opportunity to act on the report, the letter says, and it calls on the government to “engage” with the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (Statutory Requirement) Bill currently making its way through Parliament.
It is the second time the five committees have raised concerns over sex education, having written to former education secretary Nicky Morgan in January.
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