General Election Manifesto Review: The Parties' Policies on Sex and Relationships Education

With the general election coming up, we have compiled a summary of each of the parties' policies on Sex and Relationships Education. 

Conservative Party

The Conservative party manifesto does not mention SRE or PSHE.

Green Party

Provide mandatory HIV, sex and relationship education – age appropriate and LGBTIQ inclusive – in all schools from primary level onwards.
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Require every school to have an anti-bullying programme that explicitly combats homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
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Listen to girls and young women about relationships education and about sexism in the media and make personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) a compulsory part of the school curriculum.
— Green Party manifesto

Labour Party

Children develop and learn best when they are secure and happy. We need to help our children develop the creativity, self-awareness and emotional skills they need to get on in life. We will introduce compulsory age-appropriate sex and relationships education. We will encourage all schools to embed character education across the curriculum, working with schools to stop the blight of homophobic bullying.
— Labour Party manifesto

Liberal Democrats Party

Introduce a minimum curriculum entitlement – a slimmed down core national curriculum, which will be taught in all state-funded schools. This will include Personal, Social and Health Education: a ‘curriculum for life’ including financial literacy, first aid and emergency lifesaving skills, citizenship, and age-appropriate sex and relationship education.”
“Require the teaching of sexual consent in schools as part of age appropriate sex and relationships education.
— Liberal Democrats Party manifesto

Scottish National Party

The Scottish National Party manifesto does not mention SRE or PSHE.

UK Independence Party

We support age-appropriate sex and relationship education at secondary level, but not for primary school children.
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There is a world of difference between teaching young children about online safety or telling them no one else is allowed to touch the private parts of their body, which is a sensible way to help prevent and encourage reporting of abuse and going into too much detail. The latter risks sexualising childhood, causing confusion and anxiety, and encouraging experimentation.
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We will also rule that all parents must be made fully aware of the sex education teaching materials being used, before their children see it, and we will continue to respect their right to withdraw children from sex-education classes if they wish.
— UK Independence Party manifesto