Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Ceisteanna (27, 45)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

27. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to review sex education policy in view of the fact that the recent review of sex education by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment found that sex education for most secondary school pupils is outdated and provides little information in relation to issues such as consent, the way to navigate relationships in a positive and healthy way, LGBT+ issues and social media; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19828/19]

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Alan Kelly

Ceist:

45. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to enhance sex education in schools in order to provide students with a safe space in which they can discuss, ask questions and talk about all aspects of relationships and sexuality; his plans to enhance the level of training for teachers tasked with delivering relationship and sex education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19833/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 45 together.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has undertaken extensive work reviewing Relationships and Sexuality Education. The NCCA Council is currently considering the draft report and following their consideration, I look forward to receiving the advice of the Council on this matter.

The review of RSE will be an important development in our education system as part of the Department’s continued efforts to prepare our young people for adult life, including a renewed emphasis on respect, relationships and well-being.