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Reform of sex education in schools is long overdue

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Dated: it’s time to change sex education in the classroom

Dated: it’s time to change sex education in the classroom

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Dated: it’s time to change sex education in the classroom

Relationship and sex education (RSE) in Northern Ireland is not good enough. It requires a total overhaul, and has done for far too many years. There have been repeated calls for action. In 2019, the Gillen review said that the Department of Education should provide sex education on matters such as consent, boundaries, appropriate behaviour, fears of homophobia and transphobia, gender identity and sexuality.

Last month, two separate expert advisory panels at Stormont severely criticised RSE provision in our schools, describing it as “inconsistent and insufficient”. They are right. It is. Yet so far, nothing has happened.


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