Bits of Interest – February 2019

CViE|2 Feb 2019

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Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

The Department for Education consulted, in the latter pt of 2018, on the draft version of the revised guidance Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. When released, the final version of the guidance will be statutory and schools will have to implement it. The guidance contains information on what school should do, and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply when teaching relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education. The guidance will apply to maintained, non-maintained and independent schools. The original intention was to implement the guidance in September 2019 but due to delays in issuing the draft guidance for consultation then this date will be September 2020.

CViE responded to the consultation on the draft guidance, and like many other Christian organisations / charities, expressed concern over various aspects such as:

  • the inclusion and emphasis on LGBT, sex outside marriage,
  • the way the guidance deals with sensitive issues that are the prerogative of parents,
  • the way that marriage and families were portrayed.

Also of concern are proposed changes on the “right of withdrawal” of children from sex education. Under the previous guidance parents may have felt they could leave their children in the lessons, however under the new guidance withdrawing children may be an option that more parents would wish to choose – it is therefore important that this right is maintained.

Although the guidance does not come into force until September 2020, Christian parents do need to find out how their children’s school is preparing for its introduction and by making time to talk to teachers/headteacher/governors about how these new subjects will be taught in their child’s school.

The DFE revised draft guidance Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education can be found by clicking here. CViE will publish an alert on its website when the final version is available.

A copy of the CViE response to the draft guidance can be downloaded here.

CViE would be pleased to hear from parents who are spoken to the school about SRE and related matters and the response received, so others can be encouraged to do likewise. CViE would also be pleased to hear from teachers and governors on this subject to help the wider understanding of those interested in the well-being of children and young people in education.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) – Safe at School

Linked to the SRE guidance above, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) have recently published a four-page bulletin “Safe at School”. This is a very useful resume of the key issues that parents will face with the introduction of the new guidance.

SPU have also published a more detailed thirty-one page document and CViE would hope to review this in a later post.

The SPUC “Safe at School” bulletin January 2019 can be found by clicking here.

Transgenderism

It is difficult for anyone who listens to the news or receives email updates, from organisations such as the Christian Institute, not to be aware of the moves to promulgate LGBT views within society and more recently the promotion of transgender.

CViE have over the years tried to raise awareness of the transgender movement and help equip parents, teachers, governors and others in their understanding of transgenderism.

At the CViE National Event 2019, Dr Peter Saunders spoke on the subject of Transgenderism and this was reported as follows “Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship, gave a highly informative presentation on the gritty but very necessary topic of Transgenderism.  Pulling no punches, he clearly set out the current secular worldview against the Biblical perspective, and faithfully exhorted the enthralled audience to stand firm against this pervasive social cancer.  As alarming and dumbfounding as the contemporary ideology is, Dr Saunders more than restored balance with the reassurance that the God and Creator of everything remains completely and supremely in control.

Anyone wishing to view a recording of the very informative and thought-provoking talk can do so by clicking here.

CViE Spotlight: Educate and Celebrate

In March 2018, CViE published a post “CViE Spotlight: Educate and Celebrate” This post was concerned with making parents and others aware of the existence of the LGBT+ charity “Educate and Celebrate” and its adverse influence in schools. The post also encourages parents to find out what is being taught to their children together with what is being promoted in their school. The post is not in any way to condone the activity of organisations such as “Educate and Celebrate” but to warn of their existence and act as a wake-up call to what children are being exposed to in the curriculum.

The post can be found by clicking here.

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