A school on the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border is set to trial the compulsory Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) material due to be rolled out across the country in September 2020. The material includes information about sexual and gender identities within families.
Pupils at Shirebrook Academy will be able to give their feedback to the government.
News of the introduction of the RSE curriculum next autumn has caused considerable controversy and played into the ongoing row at two Birmingham schools about the teaching of lessons which include information on LGBT relationships.
Speaking to NottinghamshireLive, Mark Cottingham, principal of Shirebrook Academy, said: “There has been plenty of controversy surrounding the inclusion of topics within the updated RSE curriculum, with parents at some schools unhappy with themes they feel conflict with their personal beliefs.
“Our school already puts a lot of time and effort into teaching tolerance and acceptance and we are proud that this commitment means that we have had no hesitation in agreeing to become an early-adopter.
“We believe it’s our duty to support all of our students, but also to prepare everyone for a world where people have more and more diverse identities.
“The RSE is not about telling them who or what to be or encouraging one identity above another, but making them aware of the differences and encouraging empathy and openness instead.”
Tell us what you think below...
Join our Newsletter today!
Stonewall was responding to the reported increase in hate crimes
Swinging ’60s fashion icon Twiggy is tonight's guest judge
Shakeel Afsar denied inviting a controversial imam to the protests
The festival features performances in popular venues and unusual spaces
Hate crimes against transgender people are growing at the fastest rate
Fierce is also hosting shows at Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre today
The remarkable career of the Wizard Of Oz legend is celebrated in a new show
Anderton Park's Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson was speaking in the high court today
The hearing concerns an exclusion zone outside Anderton Park primary school
Equality lessons row: Anderton Park school lead protester accused of ‘inflaming tensions’More
Big rise in transgender and homophobic hate crime figures, new Home Office data revealsMore
Time to get Fierce! Live art festival returns - and not just in BirminghamMore
LGBT lessons row and trans debates fuelling hatred, says charityMore
Sewing skills on show in tonight's episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UKMore
Fierce live arts festival officially launched in Birmingham tonightMore