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Teachers need training to deliver Relationships and Sex Education.

Teachers need training to deliver Relationships and Sex Education.

External speakers should not be used as substitutes for trained teachers under plans to make sex and relationships education compulsory in all schools, subject experts have warned.

From September 2019 it will be compulsory to teach relationships education in all primary schools, and sex and relationships education in all secondary schools. However, there are concerns across the schools community about the level of training teachers will receive.

At a Westminster Education Forum seminar on Thursday, panellists said it was “essential” that teachers be given proper training to run sex and relationships lessons “with accuracy and confidence”.

Lucy Emmerson (pictured far right), co-ordinator of the Sex Education Forum, said she has regularly received requests from schools to come and teach sex and relationships education lessons herself because none of their staff have the knowledge to do it.

She warned that outside speakers must not be “a substitute for having trained teachers” and said schools have to take “real care” to make sure advice given by any external party is medically and ethically accurate, rather than based on their “own agenda”.

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