TORIES VOTE TO BLOCK COMPULSORY, INCLUSIVE SEX EDUCATION
Parliament has blocked plans for compulsory Lgbt-inclusive sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools. Labour MP Stella Creasy had called to amend the Children and Social Work Bill to make “age-appropriate, inclusive” SRE compulsory in all schools. The law would require education watchdog Ofsted to evaluate schools’ SRE provision as part of inspections. Speaking in the meeting, Creasy said: “At the moment, we only have sex and relationships education across our schools in a very patchy way. Some schools are doing amazing work, and we should recognise that, but safeguarding only works if every young child has access to information, training and support.” All 10 Conservative MPS on the committee voted to block the SRE amendment, while all five Labour MPS supported it. No other party was represented on the bill committee.