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Why did Question Time ignore the sex education debate?

Joseph McCormick February 7, 2015
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BBC Question time has come under question this week as it featured the Education Secretary and Shadow Education Secretary, yet did not address the debate around compulsory sex and relationship education.

Earlier this week, Labour announced plans to make Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) compulsory in all state-funded schools, in a bid to tackle homophobia and sexual abuse.

The plan, will ensure all teachers are trained to deal with homophobic bullying, as well as as making age-appropriate SRE more LGBT inclusive, and compulsory in all state-funded schools, including academies, free schools and voluntary aided institutions.

The Lib Dems and Greens also have their own versions of the policy, but the Tories and UKIP have not yet announced support.

Despite discussing a range of issues linked to education on Thursday’s Question Time which was filed in Finchley, Tory Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary did not discuss the SRE policies.

Some took to social media to speculate the outcome of the debate prior to the programme, but the item was not on the agenda.

Others complained that it was not brought up on the night.

Mr Hunt mocked the Daily Mail, after the paper’s front page warned: “Children aged five will have sex education classes if Labour win the election”.

Related topics: Nicky Morgan, sex and relationship education, SRE, Tristram Hunt

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