From September 2020 in primary schools, parents can withdraw their child from any aspect of Sex Education other than those which are part of the science Curriculum. Sex Education is not compulsory in primary schools.
Parents will continue to have a right to request to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools (other than those which are part of the Science Curriculum), which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted
up to three terms before their child turns 16.
At this point, if the pupil themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16-the legal age of sexual consent.