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Worrying news from Coalition for Marriage suggesting that the parental right to withdraw a child from RSE may no longer be given:
How should we approach this if we feel that the content being shown is not appropriate for our children?
It sounds as though parents will have a right to request to withdraw their children from these lessons up until the age of 15. However, it will be up to the headteacher's discretion whether or not they allow this. From what I can gather having read the guidance so far is that headteachers should only refuse if there are concerns because of the child having Special Educational Needs, although the 'exceptional circumstances' mentioned don't seem to have been at all well defined so far. I imagine schools will be required to make it clearer in their individual policies on the subject so keep an eye out for those and it's always worth letting the headteacher and chair of governors know about your concerns before these are approved and adopted by the governing body. As a governor myself I am hoping to be able to have an impact on our school approach. We will know more once the RSE curriculum becomes available in September.
CViE have just uploaded a large quantity of information onto the website regarding the new RSE guidance (including the right to withdraw). This covers:
This is a rapidly moving topic and we would encourage our supporters to make the time to read through all the information provided to get up to speed. We will endeavour to watch what is happening and update you when anything chnages.
Thanks for this website. Someone just forwarded it to me. God bless you for all you’re doing!
We need to continue to pray earnestly. For prayer points you can visit: https://theprayertower.com/prayers/our-young-people
Thank you. We hope it is a useful resource and value your prayers for our ongoing work, and indeed for children, young people, parents, teachers and all involved in education.