Nottingham City Council has released this statement saying that it supports Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in schools.
Below is the city council statement in full:
Nottingham is a diverse city that celebrates equality, inclusivity and respect. We believe it is important to have a positive conversation with children and young people about healthy, respectful and safe relationships.
Good Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) can equip young people with facts they can trust, helping to keep them safe and preventing them from turning to playground gossip or dubious information online.
RSE in schools is nothing new, for many years schools have had a legal duty to deliver Relationships and Sex Education lessons. Teachers are experienced at managing RSE lessons sensitively, in an age-appropriate way, and they make sure the right conversations are happening at the right stage in children’s lives.
It is important that children and young people are given the opportunity to explore a range of family and relationship types in a way that is supportive, inclusive and affirms children’s different experiences of family life.
In modern Britain, families come in many different shapes and sizes, including same-sex parents, single parents, fostering and adoptive parents.
Good RSE teaching, and an inclusive school environment, should meet the needs of all pupils regardless of their gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, race and faith.
RSE Day is a day for everyone to think about their role in promoting a positive conversation to support our young people develop towards healthy, safe and respectful relationships.
Signed by Nottingham City Councillors
Aspley: Graham Chapman; Patience Uloma Ifediora; Carole McCulloch
Basford: Salma Mumtaz; Nick Raine; Linda Woodings
Berridge: Angela Kandola; Toby Neal; Shuguftah Quddoos
Bestwood: Jay Hayes; Georgia Power; Audra Wynter
Bilborough: Phil Jackson; Rebecca Langton; Wendy Smith
Buwlell: Maria Joannou; Jane Lakey; Ethan Radford
Bulwell Forest: Cheryl Barnard; Eunice Campbell-Clark; Samuel Gardiner
Castle: Angharad Roberts; Sam Webster
Clifton East: Kevin Clarke; Kirsty Jones; Maria Watson
Clifton West: Andrew Rule
Dales: Gul Khan; Neghat Khan; David Mellen (Leader)
Hyson Green and Arboretum: Merlita Bryan; Azad Choudhry; Jawaid Khalil
Leen Valley: Audrey Dinnall; Mohammed Saghir
Lenton and Wollaton East: Pavlos Kotsonis; David Trimble; Sally Longford (Deputy Leader)
Mapperley: Leslie Ayoola; Rosemary Healy; Sajid Mohammed
Meadows: Michael Edwards; Nicola Heaton
Radford: Hassan Ahmed; Anne Peach
Sherwood: AJ Matsiko; Lauren O’Grady; Adele Williams
St Ann’s: Sue Johnson; Chantal Lee; Dave Liversidge
Wollaton West: Steve Battlemuch; Zafran Khan; Cate Woodward
More information about RSE
RSE is taught in all schools. Content varies from school to school. To check the exact content you should speak to your school, but it currently broadly covers: