Schools in England announce new ‘ban’ affecting all children under nine

Schools in England are facing a new ban affecting children as young as nine. Sex education in England’s primary schools is to be banned from nine-year-olds and over, according to new guidance to be proposed by the government.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan will tell teachers to explain the “biological” facts and announce a consultation proposing that schools be banned from teaching sex education of any kind before Year 5, when children turn nine.

A Whitehall source said: “Most schools are doing a great job (teaching sex and relationship education), however there have been many worrying reports and these limits are based on the advice of a panel of experts.”

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“It’s never an easy balance to strike to make sure kids are both prepared and able to stay kids, but this guide pulls it off,” the source said. The Daily Telegraph reported that details were “still being finalised”.

The Telegraph also reported that the guide will clarify that “gender ideology” involving discussions of gender changes is a “contested subject”. A second source said: “Any other contested view: Schools should make sure they are clear that it is a contested view and fairly present all sides.”

The revised guidelines are said to be much more detailed about what schools can teach in sex education up to the age of 13. By this age, reports in the Telegraph, a national newspaper, suggest that the content of sex education lessons will be limited to the “basic facts” of conception and birth.

Schools in England are expected to focus on the importance of families, friendships and ensuring relationships are “respectful”, according to reports. It looks like this will include a discussion about stereotypes and harmful role playing.