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Schools have no right to dictate what parents must teach their children about sex, says Safe at School campaign to Hounslow parents

2 October 2013

2 October 2013: Parents in Hounslow met yesterday evening to hear how they can best protect their primary school children from explicit sex education.

The meeting was held in response to growing concern among parents that some local schools are telling parents that their children must attend sex education classes and any parents withdrawing their children will be told by the school what they must teach their children.

Antonia Tully, national co-ordinator of Safe at School, a campaign of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said: "This is an outrageous development. Sex education is not compulsory and it has never been a statutory part of the science curriculum. Schools have no legal or moral right to dictate what parents must be teach their children about sex."

Mrs Tully told parents that they are the primary educators of their children on sexual matters. She urged parents to exercise their legal right to withdraw their children from sex education lessons if they were unhappy about the content of the lessons. She also explained that the new National Curriculum for primary school science makes it clear that human sexual reproduction is not part of the statutory requirements.

Antonia Tully, national co-ordinator of Safe at School, can be contacted on landline 020 8407 3463 or mobile 07926 007175. SPUC's communications department can be contacted on:

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