Ask your candidates about SRE

Ask your MP candidates about sex and relationships education 


On Thursday 7th May people across the UK will go to the ballot box to choose their MPs. 
Candidates in your constituency will be asking for your vote, and this is a great opportunity to ask them what they think about the issues that matter most to you and what they will do if they get elected to be your MP.

The Sex Education Forum has drafted a letter that you can send to all the registered candidates in your constituency. It asks what their thoughts are on providing sex and relationships education (SRE) in all schools, training teachers in the subject and ensuring good communication between schools and parents about SRE provision.

The letter can be sent electronically to all your MP candidates by entering your post-code through a ready made form hosted on the Terrence Higgins Trust web-site. It is very quick and easy to use and you edit the letter if you wish.  Send your letters now!

 

The letter 

Dear [MP candidate]

I am writing to you as a constituent to ask about your views on sex and relationships education (SRE) because it is an issue that matters to me.

Currently, SRE is not statutory, it is only basic biology that is required and this applies to maintained schools only. Therefore, this excludes academies and free schools. This is unacceptable, and leaves many children and young people without vital age-appropriate information for their health and wellbeing.

I would like to know if you will support the recommendation of the Education Select Committee to make SRE and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education statutory in all primary and secondary schools?

The quality of SRE in schools also depends on teachers being trained in the subject. Will you support the training of teachers so that they have the knowledge and competence to provide good quality SRE?

Parents are very supportive of SRE - with over three-quarters wanting primary schools to teach children the difference between safe and unwanted touch and how to speak up if someone treats them inappropriately. The Education Select Committee recommended that there should be more communication between schools and parents about SRE. Do you support this? How would you make this a reality?

I look forward to your response to these 3 questions about SRE.

Yours sincerely,

 

Ask your MP candidates about SRE now!

Let your MP candidates know that SRE is an issue that matters to you by sending this letter to all the candidates registered in your constituency.

The link above takes you to the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) web-site, THT are core members of the Sex Education Forum and kindly hosting this e-action for us.