According to Children’s Secretary Ed Balls only a “very small minority” (0.04%) of parents opt to take their children out of sex and relationship education classes.
Even that small figure however, will change as new rules (coming into practice in 2011) make sex education classes compulsory in England for all students aged 15 and over. The current rules allow parents to withdraw their children up to the age of 19.
Under the new rules, all pupils will be required to have at least 1 year of sex and relationships education before their 16th birthday including classes on topics such as same sex relationships and contraception. These rules will also apply to faith schools although governing bodies will still be able to ensure that classes reflect the religious ethos of the school.
Have Your Say: Should parents be able to choose for their children? Should sex education be the responsibility of schools?