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Sex Education

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on sex education; and if he will make a statement. [99264]

Jim Knight: The Department has not commissioned any research on sex and relationship education (SRE) but we have reflected the available evidence base in guidance given to schools.

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Ofsted is responsible for assessing the quality of schools’ provision in the area of personal, social and health education including SRE through its inspection framework and subject reports.

All schools are expected to meet the statutory requirements for sex education and have an up-to-date policy on SRE. This policy should set out the process by which a school will assess how well its provision is meeting the needs of pupils.

Supply Teachers

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department issues to schools on the required qualifications for supply teachers in secondary schools; and whether this guidance has changed in the last 12 months. [99482]

Jim Knight: Guidance on checks on supply teachers was placed on Teachernet in September 2004, headed Checks on Supply Teachers Updated Guidance (09/04) (at It points out that the same checks and qualifications are required for all teachers, whether supply or not. It will be replaced as part of revised guidance which was issued for consultation in the summer. The consultation closed on 12 October, and the revised guidance is planned for issue shortly. In addition Guidance on Induction is provided to schools which includes guidance on how teachers doing supply work can complete induction. (This is on teachernet at This has not changed in the last 12 months.

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