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No compulsory sex education, East End parents are assured

PUBLISHED: 12:50 11 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall bosses have issued a pledge that primary schools or the local authority won’t bring in additional sex education in London’s East End without asking them first. Parents are being given assurances to that they keep the right to withdraw their children from these classes

By Mike Brooke

TOWN Hall bosses have issued a pledge that primary schools or local authority won’t bring in additional sex education in London’s East End without asking them first.

Parents are being given assurances to that they keep the right to withdraw their children from these classes unless sessions are part of the science curriculum, a Tower Hamlets statement promised.

“There has been a lot of controversy over recent weeks about introducing sex and relationships education into the primary school curriculum,” says the statement.

CRITICAL

“Guiding children carefully in sex and relationships is one of the most critical factors in bringing up our children.”

The Government has advised that all schools must have a policy on sex education drawn up in consultation with parents before it is introduced in primary schools in two years’ time.

Schools will also be required to undertake wide consultation with mosques, churches and other faith establishments.

A working group is being set up by Tower Hamlets with schools, religious leaders and parents when the new school term begins next month to make sure the policy addresses all aspects of the sex education issue.

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