Legislation passed by the Secretary of State requires that Northern Ireland schools teach age-appropriate and scientifically accurate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, covering prevention of early pregnancy and access to abortion, at Key Stages 3 and 4 only.
The legislation also requires the Department of Education to bring forward regulations in respect of the parental right to have their child excused from receiving that age-appropriate, comprehensive and scientifically accurate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, covering prevention of early pregnancy and access to abortion.
The Department of Education has launched a consultation which focuses on the circumstances and arrangements which would enable a parent/carer to exercise that right.
The consultation will run from 1 September until 24 November 2023.
Your response can be made:
Online at Citizen Space at https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/de/rse-consultation
The Consultation Booklet is also available to download from Consultations | Department of Education (education-ni.gov.uk) and can be emailed directly to the Department at email@example.com or posted to
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