29th January 2014
UK Government rejects Labour sex education amendment as unnecessary 6
2:31 PM — An amendment that failed to be carried in the Lords in favour of making sex and relationship education compulsory at all ages was dismissed by Schools Minister Lord Nash.
28th January 2014
House of Lords votes against mandatory sex and relationship education in schools 39
8:34 PM — The House of Lords has rejected a Labour party amendment that would have made sex and relationship education mandatory in schools.
House of Lords debating mandatory sex education in schools 2
7:16 PM — A Labour amendment for mandatory sex and relationship education in schools is being debated in the House of Lords this evening.
16th January 2014
Exclusive: Nick Clegg lashes out at ‘Cabinet wrangles’ over improving sex education 4
6:24 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has expressed his frustration at the failure of the Cabinet to agree on the need to “improve” and “modernise” sex education guidance.
17th November 2013
Downing Street rejects calls to lower the age of consent to 15 24
1:38 PM — Downing Street and Nick Clegg have both rejected a call by a public health official to consider lowering the age of consent to 15 so that teenagers can have better access to sexual health advice and protections.
7th October 2013
Gay Labour MP Stephen Twigg sacked as Shadow Education Secretary 4
4:38 PM — Stephen Twigg, one of the country’s most senior gay politicians, has been sacked in today’s reshuffle of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet.
2nd October 2013
Interview: London Assembly Labour member Tom Copley on Boris, Tories and better sex ed 2
5:01 PM — Tom Copley became the youngest person ever to join the London Assembly when he was elected as a Labour member in 2012. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, the City Hall Labour housing spokesperson talks the Tories, Russia, holding Boris to account, and the need for better sex and relationship education in schools.
12th September 2013
Nick Clegg: Outdated sex education represents a danger to our children 13
3:02 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he's "very concerned" by last month's revelations of several schools having Section 28-style language in their sex education policies and he believes poor sex education represents a danger to children.
21st August 2013
Comment: We must guard against the return of Section 28 6
7:01 PM — LGBT Labour co-chair James Asser says "attempts at reinstating Section 28 by the back door must be quashed" and he's calling on Prime Minister David Cameron and Education Secretary Michael Gove to act.
Comment: Porn or better sex education? 35
5:48 PM — The chief executive of Brook writes for PinkNews on why ministers should be focussing more time on providing LGBT inclusive sex education rather than just filtering access to online pornography.
20th August 2013
Tory Commons Education Committee Chair calls for updated guidance on Section 28 11
11:52 AM — Commons Education Committee Chairman Graham Stuart has called for updated guidelines following revelations scores of schools have polices in place targeting the “promotion” of homosexuality.
19th August 2013
BHA identifies 45 schools that continue to have Section 28-like policies 14
6:02 PM — The British Humanist Association says it has identified at least 45 schools that either replicate language banning the “promotion” of homosexuality in the classroom or are “unhelpfully vague on the issue.”
18th August 2013
Outcry over free schools’ Section 28-style ban on ‘promoting homosexuality’ reveals more with policy 32
12:54 AM — Following reports that free schools have introduced Section 28-style language into their sex education policies, there has been an outcry from LGBT rights groups who have said the policies are of "major concern", and other schools with similar policies have been revealed.
6th August 2013
Australian activists criticise draft sex education curriculum for failing to mention anti-gay bullying and HIV 5
4:01 PM — A draft national curriculum which fails to include information on challenging homophobic bullying and sexually transmitted infections has been criticised by campaigners in Australia.
12th June 2013
MPs who voted against the Clause 20 sex education amendment 11
1:10 PM — Tuesday’s vote on amending the Children and Families Bill to include statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education, making it mandatory for teachers to inform students about same-sex relationships, was voted down on party lines.
Labour’s Clause 20 sex education amendment fails in the Commons 51
12:14 PM — A Labour amendment for mandatory sex and relationship education in schools failed to get the support of enough MPs last night and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson confirmed PSHE would remain a non-statutory subject.
11th June 2013
MPs await Commons debate on sex education amendment 6
3:33 PM — MPs in support of a Labour amendment for more comprehensive sex and relationship education in schools hope they’ll be enough parliamentary time to allow for a debate and vote.
10th June 2013
National AIDS Trust welcomes Labour’s call for LGBT inclusive sex education 5
6:14 PM — The chief executive of the National AIDS Trust has welcomed calls by the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper for statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in schools and says it could help in the fight against ever rising HIV infections.
Yvette Cooper: Young gay men face ‘huge mental health problems’ and we need stronger LGBT inclusive sex education 22
2:08 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education a statutory requirement in order to address the health challenges faced by LGBT students.
Ireland: Record levels of new HIV cases for gay and bisexual men 4
12:55 PM — Figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men last year in Ireland – the highest diagnosis rate recorded to date.