MPs vote for LGBT-inclusive, compulsory relationship and sex education
A large majority of MPs have voted in favour of the Government’s new, LGBT-inclusive regulations for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).
The vote, held in the House of Commons on Wednesday (March 27), saw 538 MPs voting in favour and 21 against the first update to the RSE guidance since 2000.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced the proposed update last month following a government consultation on the topic. If the regulations pass through both Houses of Parliament, the regulations will be made and the final guidance and regulations will be published.
The curriculum will adapt according to the pupils’ age, with schools ensuring that their teaching is “sensitive and age appropriate.” Primary schools pupils will receive relationships education, while secondary school students will learn about relationships and sex education (RSE).
Vote comes amid protests against LGBT-inclusive education
Starting from September 2020, at primary school level, pupils will be taught about various family models, including same-sex families. At secondary school, the curriculum will address LGBT+ issues, including how damaging stereotypes, including those based sexual orientation or gender, can be.
The vote comes as various schools in Birmingham have had to drop LGBT-inclusive classes after a group of parents of religious conservative background protested against them.
Complaints against RSE education classes were also reported at various primary schools in Greater Manchester, where Mayor Andy Burnham expressed support for LGBT-inclusive education in a statement on Wednesday.
“It is right that children learn about all kinds of relationships and the equality of every relationship. This supports LGBT young people, teachers and parents and helps to build strong, cohesive and united communities.”
MPs and campaigners welcome vote in favour of LGBT-inclusive RSE education
Various MPs openly showed support for LGBT-inclusive RSE education in tweets before, during and after Wednesday’s vote.
Fellow Labour MP Chi Onwurah from Newcastle Central retweeted him, adding: “Me too! Happy to take up any specific issues from the many constituents who contacted me, but LGBTQ relationships are part of our great, inclusive city of Newcastle & education should reflect that.”
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