What to teach and when? Confusion over LGBT teaching obligations

There is still confusion about what schools are required to teach – and when – in relation to some LGBT+ matters, inspectors have reported.

A small-scale Ofsted research study (Jones, 2021) has found “a lot of confusion around schools’ teaching obligations” because of a lack of a detailed central curriculum.

School leaders would like more detailed information from the Department for Education (DfE) on what should be taught at each age, including specific guidance for teaching about sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

The research study is based on interviews and questionnaires involving staff and pupils at 24 schools, including eight primaries and 14 secondaries.

It identifies a range of best practice approaches to teaching about sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment and comes after Ofsted’s recent review into peer-on-peer sexual harassment and abuse identified that a lack of high-quality relationships and sex education was a key contributing factor (Ofsted, 2021).

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