PLEASE HELP US DEMAND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION AS PART OF THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

No More Page 3 are proud to be part of a pop campaign in support of an amendment to the Children and Families Bill, demanding sex and relationship education be part of the national curriculum. This is following on from the One Billion Rising Campaign and widespread concerns about the sexual harassment and abuse of young people.

As No More Page 3 supporter, MP Stella Creasy says.

‘For too long now we’ve had warm words but no action on improving sex and relationship education in our schools, despite repeated calls for all boys and girls get these lessons. When we’re teaching children about compost and compound interest but not consent something has to change. Sexual harassment, violence and abuse affects millions of young people in Britain –that’s why we have to teach them not only about the biology of sex but to respect each other and have healthy relationships. This coalition shows just how many parents, domestic violence and sexual health charities agree as well as young people themselves. Hoping schools will do this isn’t good enough – its time to put consent on the curriculum’

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP US!! WE DON”T HAVE MUCH TIME!

CAN YOU EMAIL YOUR MP TODAY??

Please use the text at the bottom of this post to ask your MP to support NC20 on Tuesday 11 June.

We have just five days to make sure every young person in Britain is taught to develop positive and equal relationships with their peers.

Please join our pop up campaign by asking your MP to vote yes to making relationship education a statutory part of the national curriculum.

The case for New Clause 20 is overwhelming. Research by Women’s Aid shows 50% of 16-18 year olds wouldn’t know where to go to get support if affected by domestic abuse and 18% were unsure or didn’t believe slapping counted as domestic violence. YouGov found almost a third (29%) of 16-18-year-old girls say they have been subjected to unwanted sexual touching at school[1], and the NSPCC found that a third of girls in relationships aged 13-17 have experienced physical or sexual violence in relationships, while one in 16 of this group reported experiencing rape[2]. Ofsted[3] highlights the continued poor quality of sex education provision in the UK the Children’s Commissioner has expressed her concerns about children’s increased exposure to sexualised imagery[4].

No More Page 3 along with Women’s Aid, Equals, End Violence Against Women, Everyday Sexism, Brook, the PHSE Association, the Terence Higgins Trust, NSPCC and the Family Planning Association and Brook are tabling New Clause 20 to the Children and Families Bill. This would make age appropriate sex and relationship education statutory at all stages of the curriculum for both boys and girls. At present the Government plans to teach children about compound interest and composting. We believe its time we also taught them about consent and respect too.

Please use the text below to ask your MP to support NC20 on Tuesday 11 June. Please share this email with your friends and family to ask them to do the same. You can find their contact details here.

Together we can make every school a safer place for all!

p.s. You can also help the campaign by sharing your support for this on social media using the #Yes2NC20 tag!

Draft text to send to your MP

You can find your MP here!

I’m writing to you to ask you as my local MP to vote for New Clause 20 of the Children and Families Bill which will make relationship education a statutory part of the national curriculum on Tuesday 11 June 2013.

At the moment, sex education is compulsory on the National Curriculum, but this focuses primarily on the mechanics and biology of sex as well as good sexual health. We want to put the R into sex education. Whilst families play a key role in mentoring children to overcome these cultural and social pressures, high quality sex and relationship education delivered to both boys and girls is also a vital tool in equipping and empowering young people to cope with the challenges and pressures they face. This should be grounded in a zero tolerance approach to violence against women and girls that is reinforced throughout schools from the curriculum to behaviour policies. Making SRE part of the curriculum would also guarantee standardised materials and resources being made available for teacher training, improving quality.

Recent research by Women’s Aid and Avon found that 50% of 16-18 year olds wouldn’t know where to go to get support if affected by domestic abuse and 18% were unsure or didn’t believe slapping counted as domestic violence. A YouGov poll in 2010 found that almost a third (29%) of 16-18-year-old girls say they have been subjected to unwanted sexual touching at school[5], and the NSPCC found that a third of girls in relationships aged 13-17 have experienced physical or sexual violence in relationships, while one in 16 of this group reported experiencing rape[6]. Ofsted[7] highlights the continued poor quality of sex education provision in the UK the Children’s Commissioner has expressed her concerns about children’s increased exposure to sexualised imagery[8]. Its time we ensure all our young people have the support to form healthy and respectful relationships with their peers. After all, if children can be made to learn about compound interest[9] and now compost[10] through the new national curriculum, why not consent? Please vote yes to New Clause 20 to the children and families bill.

[1]http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/data/files/Schools_Safe_4_Girls/YouGov_poll_for_EVAW_on_sexual_harassment_in_schools_2010.pdf

[2] http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/research/findings/partner_exploitation_and_violence_wda68092.html

[3] http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/not-yet-good-enough-personal-social-health-and-economic-education-schools

[4] http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_667

[5]http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/data/files/Schools_Safe_4_Girls/YouGov_poll_for_EVAW_on_sexual_harassment_in_schools_2010.pdf

[6] http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/research/findings/partner_exploitation_and_violence_wda68092.html

[7] http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/not-yet-good-enough-personal-social-health-and-economic-education-schools

[8] http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_667

[9] http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/feb/07/money-skills-secondary-school-curriculum

[10] http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/school_meals/article1251936.ece