In May 2023 CCEA launched a Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Hub, containing a range of resources and topics to support the learning and teaching of RSE. These resources include guidance for teachers within a new Progression Framework.

While some of the resources are good there are many resources that should rightly be a cause for concern for parents. For example, the 'LGBTQ+ Matters' section of the CCEA RSE Hub includes the following units promoting liberal ideology:

  • Unit 1: LGBTQ+ Identities and Terms
  • Unit 2: 'Coming Out'
  • Unit 3: Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) Bullying
  • Unit 4: Gender Identity
  • Unit 5: Transgender People in the Media
  • Unit 6: LGBTQ+ History and Pride

Currently schools are not forced to use these materials if they do not match with their ethos or RSE Policy. This allows schools with a Christian ethos to protect their pupils from dangerous ideologies by ignoring these materials. In the future they will not have this opportunity!

CCEA's Progression Framework will form the basis for the new statutory Post Primary RSE Curriculum for Northern Ireland that is to be released by January 2024 This was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, during a Delegated Legislation Committee debate at Westminster on the 26th of June when he said:

"The Department of Education and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment have been developing an RSE progression framework that will be adapted and used in the guidance issued by the Department."

The adaptation that the Secretary of State requires to the CCEA Progression Framework is the inclusion of information on how pupils can access and perform their own abortions without parental knowledge or consent.

Action Points

  • Find out if your school is using any of the CCEA RSE Hub Materials are being used by your child's school in their RSE lessons.
  • If so which materials are they using?
  • Address all communications to the Board of Governors.