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School leaders welcome removal of parents’ right to withdraw children from religion, relationships and sex education in Wales

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The Education Minister for Wales today (Tuesday 21 January 2020) confirmed that parents will not be able to prevent their children from learning about religion, relationships and sexuality in the new Curriculum.

Ruth Davies, president of school leaders’ union NAHT Cymru, said: “School leaders welcome this decision, which follows strong representation by NAHT. Going forward, this will help keep our next generation of learners safer than they would otherwise have been.

“RE and RSE are subjects that are vital to ensuring that young people have the knowledge and understanding to safely and successfully navigate life outside school. Although we agree that this decision will need sensitive and careful implementation, we are delighted that Wales is leading the way in ensuring that all children have full access to the information and education they need.

“It is so important that all children and young people are able to learn about themselves, their physical and mental health, their relationships, and how to keep themselves safe, in an age appropriate way. Otherwise, as is the case now, too many children get bad and even harmful information from the internet or from their peers.

“And it is only through engaging with different beliefs and a diversity of views that pupils can develop an understanding of and respect for themselves and others. This is vital for their life in modern Britain. Indeed, it is a government requirement of schools to promote British values, including respect and tolerance.

“These subjects are too important for young people to miss.”

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

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