Age-appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) should be offered in all primary schools from Key Stage 2 upwards, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said.
The House of Commons Education Committee has today recommended that SRE education should be compulsorily offered in all state-funded primary and secondary schools, and made a statutory subject in the National Curriculum.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for more inclusive, up-to-date and age-appropriate SRE to begin at Key Stage 2 and include specific provision on sexuality and gender identity as is suitable.
Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Minister, said:
“Provision of sex and relationships education in Wales isn’t fit for the 21st Century. The guidance that’s offered is often out-dated, and doesn’t take into account developments in technology or modern views of how relationships work.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats want to see all schools offering age-appropriate sex and relationships education from Key Stage 2 upwards. By educating children about sex and relationships in an appropriate way, we can help them to make informed choices in their personal lives and ensure that they have the best opportunity to succeed in life.
“This is about enabling children to develop healthy attitudes towards relationships and instilling the importance of being respectful of others, as they grow and discover their identity.”