As another academic year begins, schools in England once again have the choice of whether or not to teach sex and relationships education (SRE).
But, with a new Secretary of State for Education and a new Prime Minister there is a window of opportunity to get Government commitment for making SRE a requirement in all schools.
MPs from different political parties have said that they support SRE, but the views of some MPs are still unknown. We need your help now:
- To find out if your MP would support legislation to make SRE statutory
- To ask your MP to write to the new Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening
If you agree that every child and young person has a right to learn about their bodies, growing up, sexual health and about equal, safe and enjoyable relationships please contact your MP using a quick and easy e-mail template available here. What is known about your MPs current views on SRE is reflected in the letter, and you can edit it to personalise it even more.
Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to take part too because it helps if MPs know that there is support across their constituency as well as from individuals they may have been in contact with before.
Please also consider signing the ‘SRENow’ petition on change.org which is being run by the End Violence Against Women Coalition and Laura Bates, and has reached almost 45,000 signatories.
Furthermore, check out the SEF's 'Talking SRE-a guide to meeting your MP about SRE', which contains fact and evidence pages that can be printed out and presented to an MP on meeting them.