Commenting on news the Prime Minister has asked the Department for Education to bring forward a review into relationships and sex education in schools, CPS Head of Education Mark Lehain said:
“Bringing forward the review of RSE is great news and makes complete sense. There were questions from teachers about how far they should or shouldn’t go right back in the first year of the statutory guidance in 2021. Ofsted picked up on this at the time, so there is no reason to wait to get going. It’s vital the review focuses on what an age-appropriate “ceiling” looks like, and how parents are listened to. And when the review is completed, it will also be important to know at the same time how Ofsted will use it to inform inspection, and how parents can flag concerns in ways that will be taken into account.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
- Mark Lehain is the CPS Head of Education. Prior to this he was a Special Adviser at the Department for Education. A third-generation teacher, Mark taught maths in secondary schools before leading the successful campaign for a new school in Bedford. He was Principal of Bedford Free School between 2012 and 2017, and since then has run Parents & Teachers for Excellence, the New Schools Network, and the Campaign for Common Sense.
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Date Added: Wednesday 8th March 2023