Sex education overhaul

11 June 2018

Sex education is being reformed as part of the development of a new curriculum due to be rolled out across schools and settings in Wales in 2022.

Both primary and secondary schools will have a statutory duty to cover Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in an age-appropriate way, although parents will still be able to withdraw them if they object.

The focus will be on healthy relationships, with a greater emphasis on sexuality. Older pupils will cover issues such as domestic abuse and gender identity while younger ones will learn about family relationships.

For the youngest children, aged between four and seven, the curriculum will continue to cover relationships with friends and family and how to stay safe.

The new curriculum will also be inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex pupils (LGBTQI), and include issues of sexual consent and prevention of violence against women.