LGBT rights charity Stonewall has hailed as ‘a landmark moment of change’ the passing through the Lords of the new Relationships and Sex Education regulations.
Mo Wiltshire, Stonewall Director of Education & Youth, said: 'The new regulations are life-changing legislation that will give LGBT pupils the tools to make informed decisions about their relationships and their futures.
“From September 2020, every primary school in England will have to teach Relationships Education, and the same goes for Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools.
“Primary schools will teach about different families, which can include LGBT families, and secondary schools will discuss sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Currently, two in five LGBT pupils are taught nothing about LGBT issues in school. This new teaching will help foster greater inclusion, acceptance and understanding in our classrooms, playgrounds and school corridors.
“It’s now essential the Government invests in training and resources to support teachers to consistently deliver LGBT-inclusive teaching.
“We look forward to working with Government and our network of School Champions and Children and Young People’s Services Champions to help them deliver these subjects.”
The new legislation comes after weeks of trouble at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham’s Saltley district, with parents of children who attend the predominantly Muslim school protesting against the No Outsiders programme, which teaches primary school-aged pupils about diversity, including LGBT rights.
Similar demonstrations have also taken place at another Birmingham school, Anderton Park in the Balsall Heath area of the city.
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