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21 / 10 / 2011 - ACTION ALERT - Sex Education in Primary Schools
Sex education campaigners, and some backbench Peers, want to make sex education compulsory in primary schools by forcing a vote at the Report Stage of the Education Bill in the House of Lords on Monday 24 October.
At present primary schools are not forced to teach sex education. Yet if it becomes part of the national curriculum then highly explicit resources are likely to be widely used for children as young as five.
Please write to a Peer and ask them to (in your own words): oppose any amendments which force sex education onto primary schools; protect children from graphic material in the classroom; and protect the right of head teachers and governors to decide what is best for children at their schools.
The coalition, which does not support this measure, does not have an overall majority in the Lords and could lose the vote, so please help lobby on this issue if you can. Please contact a Peer TODAY before the vote on Monday.
Click on the link below to pick a Peer to write to…
Also contact your MP and encourage them to lobby Peers in the House of Lords..
(NOTE: The debate is on the Education Bill for England & Wales so the legislation will not apply in Northern Ireland. However, if the Bill is passed, there could be an attempt to introduce similar legalisation here so it is still important for people in Northern Ireland to contact their MPs and Peers)