Further to recent changes in legislation, from September 2020, all primary schools in England will be required to teach Relationships Education, and all secondary schools in England will be required to teach Relationships and Sex Education.
At primary level, all schools will be required to teach about different families, which can include LGBT families, and at secondary level all schools will be required to teach about sexual orientation and gender identity.
We’re aware that some MATs and schools have received enquiries from some parents and carers who are concerned about the introduction of these statutory subjects, and about LGBT-inclusive teaching more broadly.
Stonewall Equality have produced some useful guidance ‘FAQs Responding to Queries on RSE and LGBT inclusion in schools’ to help you to respond to these enquiries. Please feel free to adapt these answers to support your engagement with parents and carers. You may also find useful the Leeds City Council ‘Gender Identity Guidance for Schools and Children and Families Services’ which was published in December 2018. (You will find downloadable versions of both documents attached to this article.)
For any further advice, support and guidance relating to Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education please contact the Health & Wellbeing Service at Schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk