Speaking about today’s announcement by Education Minister Kirsty Williams that religious and sex education are to be made compulsory in Welsh schools, David Evans, Wales secretary of NEU Cymru, said:

"Our members do not believe it is right for any child to miss out on these important areas of learning, and support the Minister's plan to discontinue the parental right to withdraw their children from RE and RSE. We believe that these elements of the curricula are essential to uphold a pupil’s right to a balanced education and to equip children with the information they need to stay safe and healthy.

"We are pleased there is going to be clear curriculum guidance. We made that point very clear in responding to the consultation. The guidance needs to be very specific on a national level otherwise, if schools can interpret the guidance and advice on different levels, it will potentially cause tensions and rifts between local authorities, teachers, parents and schools.”

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