Schools in England will be banned from teaching sex education to children under the age of nine

Schools in England are to introduce a new ‘ban’ which will affect all children under the age of nine. The Government is set to propose new guidelines which will ban sex education in primary schools for pupils aged nine and over.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan will instruct teachers to focus on “biological” facts and will announce a consultation suggesting that schools should not teach any form of sex education before Year 5, when children turn nine.

A Whitehall source commented: “Most schools are doing a great job (teaching sex and relationship education), however there have been many worrying reports and these limits are based on the advice of a panel of experts.”

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The source added: “It’s never an easy balance to strike to ensure children are both prepared and able to remain children, but this guidance achieves that,” according to The Daily Telegraph, with the specifics of the guidance “still in progress of completion”.

Furthermore, The Telegraph revealed that the upcoming guide will make it clear that “gender ideology”, which includes discussion of gender reassignment, is considered a “contested subject”. A second source said: “Any other contested view: Schools should make sure they are clear that it is a contested view and present all sides fairly,” reports Birmingham Live.

The revised guidelines are believed to provide more detail on what schools can teach in sex education up to the age of 13. Until then, reports in The Telegraph indicate that lesson content will be largely limited to the “basic facts” about conception and birth.

Reports say schools in England are now expected to emphasize the value of families, friendships and ensuring relationships are “respectful”. This is said to involve discussion of harmful stereotypes and roles.