Call for compulsory sex and citizenship lessons in schools

LEWES: Norman Baker at Magistrate courts, Lewes. 2-7-10 SUS-140422-152229001

LEWES: Norman Baker at Magistrate courts, Lewes. 2-7-10 SUS-140422-152229001

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Polegate and Seaford MP Norman Baker is backing announcements the LibDems would guarantee all state schools, including academies and free schools, would provide age appropriate sex and relationship education, as well as financial literacy and citizenship lessons.

The Curriculum for Life would mean that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is compulsory in all state funded schools to help ensure that all children in state education are taught the life skills they need.

Currently academies and free schools have no requirement to teach children sex and relationship education.

Making PSHE compulsory is a move that has been resisted by Conservatives, according to Mr Baker.

He said, “It is important that children learn all the life skills they need when they are at school and the Lib Dems believe this should include financial literacy citizenship and age-appropriate sex and relationship education. By educating children about sex and relationships in an appropriate way, we can help make informed choices in their personal lives. Learning how to manage money and citizenship will also help equip children with the skills necessary to deal with practical issues that they will face in adult life, such as budgeting.”

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