We are disappointed that the Scottish Government was not in favour of our petition for sex and relationships education to be compulsory for all schools. On Tuesday the 9th of December 2014 the decision was taken to close the petition. Advice was taken from education councils from the regions of Midlothian, Glasgow, Dundee and Shetland, with only Shetland being in favour of the proposal. The Educational Institute of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre were also asked for their views and both were not in favour.
The Committee agreed to close the petition on the basis that “the petitioners are supportive of the Scottish Government’s forthcoming revised sex and relationship education guidance; the Scottish Government has given a commitment to raise the profile of SRE when it publishes its revised guidance, Education Scotland will be tasked with monitoring and assessing the implementation and delivery of the Government’s revised SRE guidance by local authorities and the submissions received by the Committee were supportive of the current non-mandatory provision of SRE.”
We feel that an opportunity for improving education in Scotland has been missed. We welcome the review of the 2001 SRE guidance but are disappointed to the see the petition fail to reach the Education Committee.
We will continue to urge the Scottish Government to implement compulsory SRE in Scottish schools in the future to ensure that every young person in Scotland has access to the information to enable them to make their own informed about their health.
We would like to thank everyone that signed the petition and the organisations that gave their support for their much valued input. Again, We would like to give a huge thank you to Lucy Emmerson (Sex Education Forum) and Chloe Swift (Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People) their input has been invaluable. A big thank you has to go to our members which were of great support throughout the petition’s dealings and also to Rebecca Ryce for helping Jack Fletcher present it to Parliament.
The video is available on YouTube via this link from 2:10:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCMsrAa6m9o
More information is available at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/MakeSREstatutoryInScotland