Photo: Olly Alexander and Paris Lees discuss their sec education at National Student Pride 2017. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

National Student Pride call for Government to make sure there is no opt-out for faith schools on LGBT+ issues in Relationship and Sex education

Speaking in parliament in the last hour, Education secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed LGBT issues will have a 'strong feature' within the new Relationships & Sex Education guidance:

'It includes teaching and guidance at age-appropriate stages – this includes LGBT content as a strong feature at age appropriate points. It sets out core content but allows flexibility for schools own pupils.'

More details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-relationships-and-health-education-in-schools 

National Student Pride is strongly welcoming this move, but wants to know whether LGBT content will be subject to any opt-outs for faith schools:

Hatti Smart, student chair of National Student Pride, says:

'This is wonderful news for the LGBT+ young people who have been feeling marginalized and left out of the current curriculum. We welcome the Education secretary's words.

'But we now need to know if LGBT content will be part of the compulsory guidance and during the 12-week consultation. We hope as many LGBT+ voices as possible take part to ensure this happens with no-opt outs for any schools on LGBT inclusive RSE, including faith schools.'

'We see the power of talking about your identity from a young age every year at our event. So introducing positive conversations about your sex and gender identity it at an age where teen angst is at its highest is so valuable.

'In the years after section 28 which banned 'promoting homosexuality,' this will finally make a significant step into making young LGBT+ people feel part of the conversation at school and help them shape their identity safely.'

Hatti Smart is available for further comment and interview. 

Please email to arrange:

press@studentpride.co.uk

hatti@studentpride.co.uk 

Notes to editors:

National Student Pride is annual pride festival focused around a weekend of discussion, workshops, and celebration of being LGBT+ held in February, LGBT History Month.

In recent years we have welcomed speakers including Will Young, Evan Davis, Courtney Act, Olly Alexander and the events ambassadors include Evan Davis and Adele Roberts.

In 2017 our event was focused on introducing not only compulsory RSE in schools but LGBT inclusive education. Just days later, after years of campaigning from across the LGBT community, Justine Greening confirmed the government would introduce this.

In the build-up to our event, we sent 400 valentines cards to MPs calling for them to support compulsory RSE.

Pictures availble on our Facebook:

http://facebook.com/studentpride 

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