The new school year has started, and with it has come the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum. With effect from 1 September 2020 the UK Government has introduced compulsory Relationships Education (RE) for all primary school children, compulsory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for all secondary school children, and compulsory Health Education (HE) for all primary and secondary school children.
- The Department for Education is encouraging the teaching of Relationships Education and Health Education to include content that amounts to sex education. But parents have no veto over the curriculum content, even when it conflicts with firmly-held moral and religious convictions, and parents have no right to withdraw their children from these new subjects.
- Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is compulsory in all secondary schools (maintained schools, academies and independent schools). However, parents’ rights to withdraw their children from the sex education provided as part of RSE has been significantly limited: the final decision is up to the head teacher, and the right effectively ceases to apply three terms before the child turns 16.
Many primary schools have already introduced teaching on sexual orientation and gender dysphoria to young children. The Government claims that young children need to be aware of life in modern Britain, but the Let Kids Be Kids Coalition (LKBKC) believe that there is a difference between awareness and indoctrination of sexual practices.
LKBKC was established in response to the new legislation, which according to LKBKC founder Charlie Colchester, effectively leaves “parents powerless, and robs them of the ‘right to withdraw’ that parents have had for decades in relation to sex education,”.
A multi-faith group, LKBKC is commencing a Judicial Review of the Education Secretary’s decision not to allow parents to withdraw children from the new RSE classes.
LKBKC believes that parents are responsible for the upbringing of their own children and that Parliament has a legal duty to ensure that any education provision in sensitive ethical and moral fields is in conformity with the parents’ religious and philosophical convictions.
Francesca, a mother of primary and secondary aged children says, “We need to safeguard our children and our parental rights. As parents we are the primary educators of our children not the state,”
Whether you spread the word about the RSE curriculum, so more people are aware; or donate to our fundraiser, or sign our petition… please do your bit to help protect the innocence of your child, nephew, niece, god-child and grandchildren, by supporting our challenge to give parents/guardians the Right of Withdrawal of their children from all Sex and Religious Education that is contrary to their religious or philosophical beliefs.
Proverbs 22:6 says "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it". For more info, please visit: https://letkidsbekidscoalition.org/support-us and follow our hashtag on social media: #StopSexualisingOurKids