Sex and relationships education ‘fatally neglected’ by Ofsted officers, investigation finds

The Independent is reporting that an investigation has found that Ofsted officers have ‘fatally neglected’ SRE in their recent report.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is being “fatally neglected” by inspectors monitoring English schools, a major new report has revealed – with the subject receiving much less attention than any other.

SRE was mentioned by Ofsted inspectors in less than one per cent of reports carried out during the last school year, with PSHE featuring in just 14 per cent of inspection write-ups.

The figures come amid on-going debate in parliament over a bill to make both PSHE and SRE compulsory in schools – a proposal that has been met with fierce resistance by Tory MPs this month.

Government ministers have argued in part that forcing schools to include the subjects is unnecessary, since it is the schools watchdog’s job to pick up any inadequate teaching during routine inspections.

Publishing analysis of over 2000 primary and schools’ full inspection reports, however, the British Humanist Association said their findings “completely undermine” that claim.

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