Headteachers have been told consultation does not mean parents have the right to veto parts of the new relationships and sex education curriculum.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said it was important for children to learn about same-sex relationships, amid complaints over a Birmingham school teaching pupils about homosexuality.
The education secretary accepted there were “understandable and legitimate concerns” about sex and relationship education, but said new government guidelines will “keep children safe”.
Damian Hinds has defended a decision to add FGM to the curriculum, and revealed it has been 19 years since sex education guidance was last updated.
Children should be taught the meaning of terms such as gay, lesbian and bisexual in primary schools, leading medics have said.
Lynnette Smith, the founder of BigTalk Education, says as soon as children access the internet they need to know about what's not suitable
Adult entertainment website Pornhub has launched a free sexual health education website where users can access advice from doctors and therapists
A review of studies from 55 global publications found that UK sex education is often overly scientific and 'out of touch'
Journalist Martin Daubney and charity chief executive Susie McDonald says we need to change perceptions for young people