Sex Education Guidelines Revised for First Time in 14 Years in Scottish Schools

Published By : 15 Dec 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Sex education in Scottish schools hasn’t been revised since 14 years and the new set of guidelines provide an outline on how schools can teach students about sexual health, relationships, and parenthood. Two of the most significant changes that the new guidance has made are regarding same-sex marriages and civil partnerships. 

However, it is up to the schools and local authorities on how to approach these revised set if guidelines and put them into practice. Parents still have every right to withdraw their kids from lessons on sex education if there is a provision of an alternative positive and educational method. A major point to be noted is that the new guidelines still recognize the distinct Catholic school ethos.

The guidance lends a framework for schools across Scotland on how to tackle issues such as sexual health, relationships, and protecting kids from sexual exploitation. These guidelines also reflect the various changes that schools have undergone over the years. 

A major issue that draws concern from parents, teachers, and various social groups is transgender and homophobic bullying and the revised regulations highlight the need to protect kids from such bullying. They also provide lessons on issues relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex young people, while providing guidance on reporting hate-crime.

A key aspect that the document stresses upon is that school teachers should neither support nor endorse any particular type of relationship or favour one over another. Nor should they base their lessons on any one type of relationship. For instance, teachers shouldn’t promote or condemn same-sex relationships or unmarried couples.
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