The proposal has encountered resistance from conservative communities, including Christians, Muslims and Jews.
The Sunday Times has revealed that the new curriculum has been finalised after a six-month consultation with the Department of Education, and will be rolled out across England’s schools starting from the 2020-21 educational year. It will be taught to pupils from the age of five.
A hugely popular petition to parliament demanding that the opt-out be retained for the length of the child’s school education was debated in the House of Commons on Monday, but these parental concerns will not affect the schedule for the implementation of the legislation.
Questions discussed during the non-assessed lessons, as listed in the current proposals for the curriculum, will include: “When is it OK to let someone touch me?” for 3-year-olds, and “Why are we all different? Is it OK to be different?” at age seven. At 11, children will discuss “What is the difference between transvestite and trans-sexual?” and by 16, they will be told “how to disclose positive HIV status to a sexual partner, family and friends.”
Among the teaching materials for primary school children who are currently being trialed – despite angry protests by parents – at a predominantly-Muslim school in Birmingham are ‘Tango Makes Three,’ a book about two gay penguins who nurture an egg taken from another family, and ‘My Princess Boy,’ which celebrates a dark-skinned child who loves to cross-dress.