On 24th April, 2019, new legislation was passed regarding the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education in all English schools.
At RSE Authentic, whilst we welcome the introduction of sound relationships and sex education, we share the serious concerns of many people in the UK across faith and no-faith backgrounds regarding the huge impact the new RSE guidelines will have not only on schools but also on the wider culture.
It is recognised that many aspects of relationships may, in a faith school, be taught from within the “faith perspective” as recommended by the DfE Guidelines. Headteachers are advised by the DfE that even in a ‘non-faith’ school, “the religious background of all pupils must be taken into account” reflecting sensitivity, respect and tolerance. This is particularly relevant in terms of teaching about LGBT about which there is clear guidance in faith teachings. Considering the sensitivity of this issue, RSE Authentic leaves decisions about the teaching of LGBT in the hands of individual teachers using the many resources that are currently available.