Relationship focus as sex education is overhauled in Wales

Children in Wales will be taught what makes healthy relationships and there will be more emphasis on sexuality as part of an overhaul of sex education. The BBC reports.

Older pupils will have lessons on issues such as domestic abuse and gender identity while younger ones will learn about family relationships. The youngest learners will only tackle elements appropriate for their age and developmental stage and parents will retain the right to withdraw children from classes if they are unhappy with the content.

There will be no change for religious schools as ministers said they could continue to deliver RSE classes consistent with their ethos.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said the days of traditional sex education were long gone.

“Sex should never be taught in isolation for the simple reason that it is about so much more than just sex; it’s also about relationships, rights and respect and that must go hand in hand with a much broader understanding of sexuality,” she said.

Initial funding of £200,000 will be given to education bodies to scope out what support teacher s need to deliver RSE. Another £50,000 has been awarded to Welsh Women’s Aid to develop resources and training for schools.

While RSE will come into force as part of the new curriculum being rolled out in 2022, the change in name will come in next year with new guidance also being published.

It will include advice on how to teach a range of topics such as education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex pupils (LGBTQI) and issues of sexual consent and prevention of violence against women.

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