Welsh Liberal Democrat Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams has announced transformational reforms to Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) that will put inclusive and comprehensive SRE at the heart of the new curriculum.
The announcement follows a review commissioned by Kirsty Williams and led by Professor Emma Renold, Professor of Childhood Studies at Cardiff University.
The reforms will make Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) a statutory part of Wales’ new curriculum in 2022 and ensures education is fully inclusive of LGBTQI+ learners and includes wider issues such as consent, domestic abuse and respecting diversity.
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Jane Dodds, added:
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have consistently supported truly comprehensive and inclusive RSE, I’m pleased that through Kirsty Williams we’re able to deliver it now. These reforms will arm our young people with the knowledge they need to live healthy, safe and happy lives.
Thirty years after the introduction of Section 28 I’m proud we’re creating Relationships and Sexuality Education that supports our LGBTQI+ young people, not demonises them. Inclusive RSE is essential to make Wales a free, fair and tolerant country where everyone has the opportunity to be themselves and live their lives to the fullest.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams, said:
Sex should never be taught in isolation for the simple reason that it is about so much more than just sex; it’s also about relationships, rights and respect and that must go hand in hand with a much broader understanding of sexuality. Anything less does a disservice to our learners and teachers.
Thirty years on from the introduction of Section 28, we will ensure that RSE is fully inclusive of all genders and sexualities and meets the needs of LGBTQI+ learners.