The Accord Coalition claim sex education is under assault by ideologically driven lobby groups.
The group has written to the Department for Education to express concern about the ‘cursory provision’ of sex education in the new draft primary science curriculum.
This comes at a time many groups are calling for a delay of when information surrounding how human reproduction occurs is presented in schools and the advocating of abstinence.
Chair of Accord, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE, said: “Accord is very concerned about the standing of sex education in the current climate, and we have therefore written to the Department for Education, urging that those parts of the science curriculum relating to sex education are made more thorough.
“This is to try to ensure that teachers are given greater confidence in dealing with the mechanisms by which fertilisation takes place and in talking about those parts of the human body involved in reproduction.”
Currently, schools that provide Sex and Relationships Education do so only voluntarily.
The sex education element of the National Curriculum for Science is therefore of added importance, Accord argue.
Dr Romain adds: “Sadly the development of high quality and thorough sex education in schools is being frustrated by a small, but vocal and ideologically driven lobby, whose opinions lack firm evidence.”