Controversial plans to enforce relationships education in primary schools will include no right of withdrawal for parents, it has emerged. Yesterday evening the government released an official policy statement, outlining its plans to create a new statutory subject of “‘Relationships Education” in primary schools across England. The statement reveals that the subject will include teaching on “different types of relationships” as well as “boundaries and consent.” Alarmingly, it also states that parents will not be allowed to withdraw their children from these lessons.

Responding to the move. Laura Perrins, co-editor of the Conservative Woman website, stressed that parents would be sidelined: “Parents are best placed to discuss these sensitive issues with their own children, not the government or strangers in the classroom. “This state bullying should be resisted by all families. Such ‘education’ could include encouraging young children to doubt their gender or biological sex.” READ MORE