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Debate on Relationships and Sex Education in House of Commons.

I beg to move,


That the draft Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, which were laid before this House on 25 February, be approved.


The regulations represent an historic step that will equip children and young people with the knowledge they need to lead safe, healthy and happy lives.


The world children are growing up in has changed considerably since the sex and relationship guidance for schools was last updated in 2000. Thanks to the internet, children are encountering a more interconnected and interdependent world. That presents opportunities and advantages, but also risks, as children have greater exposure to information, content and people that can and do cause harm. That is why, during the passage of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, thanks to the work of my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), my hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) and other hon. Members, the Government introduced an amendment to that measure requiring the introduction of compulsory relationships education for all primary school pupils and compulsory relationships and sex education for all secondary school pupils.

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Should arts subjects be added to EBacc?

The introduction of the EBacc, the rights of academies to diverge from the national curriculum and funding cuts have all led to a “postcode lottery” in the quality of music education, MPs have said today.

The report on the live music industry by the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee adds to growing calls for arts subjects to be added to the EBacc.

Music education was investigated by the MPs because of its role as a “talent pipeline” to the live music industry –  which generated almost £1 billion for the UK economy and employed more than 28,000 people in 2017.

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Funding for more Educational Psychologists.

Thousands of children across England will benefit from mental health and special needs support, as funding worth £31.6 million is announced to train more Educational Psychologists.

The Department for Education has today (20 March) outlined plans to support more young people with additional educational needs by launching a procurement exercise for experts to come forward and kickstart specialist training for more Educational Psychologists. The multi-million pound fund will see over 600 Educational Psychologist trainees receive free tuition and grants.

It follows the Education Secretary’s announcement in December last year to expand funding to increase the cohort of Education Psychologists from 160 to 206 each year. At the same time he announced an additional £350 million for high needs.

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Teaching union official suspended after knife crime comment.

A teaching union official has been suspended after saying that one child being stabbed is better than installing knife arches at the school gates.

Kash Malik, the National Education Union (NEU) joint divisional secretary at Redbridge, made the remark after the east London council announced plans to put knife arches and detecting wands in secondary schools.

“Knife arches are not the answer," he told the Ilford Recorder. "I have never been in favour of them and schools shouldn’t have to worry about it, it should be an environment where you should be focusing on studying.

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Police investigate restraint at school with pupils with additional needs.

A school for children with additional needs is being investigated by police after footage emerged of staff using "inappropriate restraint techniques," the BBC has learned.

North Lanarkshire Council alerted police after discovering video evidence from Clydeview School in Motherwell.

The BBC understands a member of staff has been suspended over the footage.

It shows staff restraining a nine-year-old autistic boy. The investigation concerns a "small number" of pupils.

Parents of children at the school have been informed.


In a letter Derek Brown, North Lanarkshire Council's joint interim director of children and families, wrote: "We have discovered evidence of what, on the face of it, appears to be inappropriate use of pupil restraint and inappropriate restraint techniques being used."

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