RSE – Resources to Help You Take Action

CViE|25 Sep 2019

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Now that the new guidance for Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) has been ratified by Parliament, local education authorities and individual schools are beginning to consider how to implement it prior to the September 2020 deadline.

Whilst the battle to stop the updated guidance may have been lost, you can still be a positive influence on its implementation.

During the latter part of the 20th century and into the 21st-century, there have been concerted efforts by various movements to erode Biblical and Christian influences within society.

One such area has been in the development of new statutory guidance for teaching “Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education” in UK schools. Thus has seen the fundamental right of parents being responsible for the education of their children eroded and the door opened for the teaching of ideological and inappropriate material. Christian Values in Education (CViE) has been active in highlighting what is happening and making representations to the government on these matters.

A couple of examples of the direction of travel:

  • There has been much media attention to the protests that have taken place in Birmingham and other places over implementing LGBT teaching in schools and the use of the ‘No Outsiders’ programme which promotes the LGBT ideology.
  • More recently the ‘All About Me’ programme developed by Warwickshire Country Council has come under scrutiny for being overly explicit and teaching young children about ‘self-stimulation’.

Although the statutory guidance will not come into place until September 2020, The Department for Education is encouraging schools to adopt the curriculum within the statutory guidance from September 2019.

One of the requirements within the guidance is that “All schools must have in place a written policy for Relationships Education and RSE. Schools must consult parents in developing and reviewing their policy. Schools should ensure that the policy meets the needs of pupils and parents and reflects the community they serve”. 

Therefore it is important for parents to be proactive in being aware of what is happening in their children’s school and take the window of opportunity available now to seek to positively influence the implementation of the new guidance.

This can be very daunting. What rights do parent have? How should parents go about approaching schools? What should parents look out for? Several organisations have produced useful and practical material to help and CViE has prepared an ‘RSE – Resources to Help You Take Action‘ page to point you in the right direction.

We would urge you to set aside some time to work through these resources and consider how you should respond.

We do pray that the Lord will help and support the Christian organisations, Christian parents and others with a concern about the education of children to wisely tackle these difficult topics. Might we all be found very prayerful over this matter and heed the warning to be sober and vigilant.

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