Let’s Teach the Children Well: 5 days to put Sexual Consent into the National Curriculum

Hello!

We have just five days to make sure every young person in Britain is taught to develop positive and equal relationships with their peers. Please join our pop up campaign by asking your MP to vote yes to making relationship education a statutory part of the national curriculum.

The case for this is overwhelming. Research by Women’s Aid shows 50% of 16-18 year olds wouldn’t know where to go to get support if affected by domestic abuse and 18% were unsure or didn’t believe slapping counted as domestic violence. YouGov found almost a third of 16-18-year-old girls say they have been subjected to unwanted sexual touching at school and the NSPCC found that a third of girls in relationships aged 13-17 have experienced physical or sexual violence in relationships, while one in 16 of this group reported experiencing rape. Ofsted highlights the continued poor quality of sex education provision in the UK and the Children’s Commissioner has expressed her concerns about children’s increased exposure to sexualised imagery.

With the support of Women’s Aid, Equals, End Violence Against Women, Everyday Sexism, Brook, No More Page 3, the PHSE Association, the Terence Higgins Trust, NSPCC and the Family Planning Association and Brook we are tabling New Clause 20 to the Children and Families Bill. This would make age appropriate sex and relationship education statutory at all stages of the curriculum for both boys and girls. At present the Government plans to teach children about compound interest and composting. We believe its time we also taught them about consent and respect too.

Please use the text below to ask your MP to support NC20 on Tuesday 11 June. You can find their contact details here. Please share this with a friend to ask them to do the same. For more details on the issue and the campaign read our campaign briefing.

One Billion Rising helped us to put tackling violence against women on the British political agenda- Together we can make every school a safer place for all!

 

Stella Creasy
Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow on behalf of OBRUK
Shadow Home Affairs Minister

ps. You can also help the campaign by sharing your support for this on social media using the #Yes2NC20 tag!

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Draft text to cut and paste into an email to send to your MP

I’m writing to you to ask you as my local MP to vote for New Clause 20 of the Children and Families Bill which will make relationship education a statutory part of the national curriculum on Tuesday 11 June 2013.

At the moment, sex education is compulsory on the National Curriculum, but this focuses primarily on the mechanics and biology of sex as well as good sexual health. We want to put the R into sex education. Whilst families play a key role in mentoring children to overcome these cultural and social pressures, high quality sex and relationship education delivered to both boys and girls is also a vital tool in equipping and empowering young people to cope with the challenges and pressures they face. This should be grounded in a zero tolerance approach to violence against women and girls that is reinforced throughout schools from the curriculum to behaviour policies. Making SRE part of the curriculum would also guarantee standardised materials and resources being made available for teacher training, improving quality.

Recent research by Women’s Aid and Avon found that 50% of 16-18 year olds wouldn’t know where to go to get support if affected by domestic abuse and 18% were unsure or didn’t believe slapping counted as domestic violence. A YouGov poll in 2010 found that almost a third of 16-18-year-old girls say they have been subjected to unwanted sexual touching at school, and the NSPCC found that a third of girls in relationships aged 13-17 have experienced physical or sexual violence in relationships, while one in 16 of this group reported experiencing rape.

Ofsted highlights the continued poor quality of sex education provision in the UK the Children’s Commissioner has expressed her concerns about children’s increased exposure to sexualised imagery. It’s time we ensure all our young people have the support to form healthy and respectful relationships with their peers. After all, if children can be made to learn about compound interest and now compost through the new national curriculum, why not consent? Please vote yes to New Clause 20 to the children and families bill.

I look forward to hearing from you and that you have supported NC20 – thank –you for reading my email,

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Stella Creasy: Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow
Shadow Home Affairs Spokesperson

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2 responses to “Let’s Teach the Children Well: 5 days to put Sexual Consent into the National Curriculum

  1. Thanks Stella

  2. I teach in FE, 16 to 19 year olds predominantly, they don’t seem to know what a healthy relationship is. The behaviour they put up with is appalling, boyfriends seem to think that they own them. I have tried to discuss and inform but am told that “this is just what boys are like now”. Information needs to come earlier!

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