HoL rejects compulsory sex education for children

A proposal to make sex and relationship education compulsory in UK schools has been rejected by the House of Lords.

The Labour Party initiated the amendment to the Children and Families Bill after similar plans were turned down in the House of Commons last year.

Just 142 peers voted in favour of the proposal, which would include education on same-sex relationships, compared to 209 who voted against.

Last June, shadow minister for equalities Yvette Cooper told Pink News about how a statutory requirement would address the health challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students face. 

She said: "I think there is actually a lot more of that that should be done across the country, so I don’t think they’re taking it seriously enough at all."

The rejection of the amendment appears to go against public opinion, with a YouGov poll in May last year finding that 86 per cent of parents believing that sex education lessons should be compulsory in secondary schools.