Faith schools will be permitted to adapt new sex education lessons, in news which may be of interest to those in teaching jobs
at institutions with a strong religious stance.
Primary and secondary teachers in faith schools will be able to teach the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum in accordance with their religious ethos following an amendment to the national policy, the government has announced.
A statement from the Catholic Education Service (CEW), which lobbied the government for the change, said: "Pupils will often be encountering conflicting messages from external sources.
"Good teaching will need to respond to the maturity of children and the environment in which they live [
while] upholding the Church's teachings."
Prior to the government's change of stance, all primary teachers were to be obliged to teach children about different types of relationships, while secondary teachers would be expected to cover sexual activity, contraception and reproduction.
The CEW is responsible for negotiating with government on behalf of bishops with regard to religious education matters.