Sex and relationships education

We believe that sex and relationships education (SRE) should be a statutory subject for children and young people of all ages at primary and secondary schools.

Our policy and briefing below explain why we think this is so important.

Our policy on sex and relationships education (PDF)

FPA and Brook relationships and sex education briefing (PDF)

More about why SRE in school is important >>


SRE news and activity

Government response to PSHE and SRE report delayed, July 2015

The Government have delayed a full response to the Education Select Committee’s report on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and sex and relationships education (SRE) until ‘later this year’. FPA is disappointed by the delay.

FPA's full reaction to the delay >>

Report recommends age-appropriate, statutory PSHE and SRE, February 2015

FPA welcomes the recommendations of the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and sex and relationships education (SRE) particularly that age-appropriate PSHE and SRE be made statutory subjects in both primary and secondary schools.

FPA's full response to the recommendations >>

Online SRE resource for primary schools, June 2014

FPA has developed an interactive, online resource to help primary schools deliver high-quality, age-appropriate SRE to children aged 5–11. Growing up with Yasmine and Tom covers a range of topics, including the body, feelings, relationships and online safety.

Supplementary sex and relationships education advice launched, February 2014

Brook, the Sex Education Forum and the PSHE Association have launched Supplementary SRE Advice. The advice aims to fill some of the gaps in the current government guidance which was produced in 2000. Topics covered by the new advice include pornography, the safe use of technology, sexual consent, violence and exploitation.

New sex education campaign launched, December 2012

The Sex Education Forum has launched the Sex Ed Matters! campaign. Running for 12 months, the campaign will feature online discussion and debate, explain how SRE has improved over the last 25 years and show why more work is needed.

Welsh government proposes healthy relationships education, November 2012

The Welsh government has announced a consultation on proposals including healthy relationships education in schools, as part of a bill to end violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Government PSHE education review, November 2011

FPA and Brook have responded to the Government's PSHE Education Review. We say that relationships and sex education should be a compulsory part of the PSHE education curriculum for all children and young people.

Our response to the PSHE Education Review (PDF)

Westminster debate, October 2011

A debate at Westminster Hall talked about RSE in primary schools. We sent a briefing to MPs highlighting the importance of age appropriate RSE.

FPA and Brook briefing on RSE in Primary Schools (PDF)

10 minute rule motion, May 2011

A 10 minute rule motion on teaching young women about abstinence was debated in the House of Commons. FPA is concerned that this could lead to reinforcing gender stereotypes.

Why we oppose this ten minute rule motion (PDF)

Bailey Review, March 2011

We believe that statutory RSE will empower children and young people to be critical of skewed messages about body image and relationships.

Our response to the Bailey Review on Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood (PDF)

National Curriculum Review, February 2011

We think that RSE should be made a statutory part of the Curriculum.

Our response to the National Curriculum Review consultation (PDF)

Early Day Motion, September 2010

An Early Day Motion supporting statutory RSE was submitted for debate in the House of Commons. See if your MP has added their name to it.