House of Lords Select Committee Report on HIV & AIDS

The select committee’s first report was published this month and can be read in full here. A number of recommendations are made, including these with regards to SRE provision in schools:

348. Ensuring that as many young people as possible can access good quality sex and relationships education (SRE) is crucial. We recommend that the Government’s internal review of PSHE considers the issue of access to SRE as a central theme. Teaching on the biological and social aspects of HIV and AIDS should be integrated into SRE.

349. Whilst acknowledging that the review is yet to complete its work, we recommend that the provision of SRE should be a mandatory requirement within the National Curriculum, to enable access for all. Such education should begin within all schools from Key Stage 1, though this teaching must be age-appropriate.

350. There is an important role to be played by external providers, but we recommend that SRE should be primarily delivered by teachers, who must be trained to deliver this teaching. This training must focus on all aspects of HIV and AIDS, to ensure that teachers are confident on the subject.