City and Islington College student calls on MPs to make sex and relationships education compulsory in schools

Rachel Olaoye met with MP Khalid Mahmood last week to discuss the lack of sex and relationships educ

Rachel Olaoye met with MP Khalid Mahmood last week to discuss the lack of sex and relationships education in schools. - Credit: Archant

A teenager who studies at City and Islington College grilled MPs on sexual and relationships education last week in a bid to get schools talking about the subject.

Rachel Olaoye called on MPs to make the subject compulsory in all schools, as part of the Terrence Higgins Trust’s campaign to End Silence on Sex and Relationships Education.

The charity released findings last month that showed 75 per cent of young people were not taught about consent and 95pc were not taught about LGBT relationships at school.

The survey of 900 people aged between 16 and 24 also revealed that one in seven had not received any sex and relationships education at all.

Rachel, 18, said: “It was a complete honour to have the chance to speak and meet with MPs in Parliament and explain the importance of sex and relationships being properly taught in schools.

“I believe that it is crucial that the younger generation are properly informed not only about the consequences of not using protection, but also the importance of consent in a relationship.

“I was happy to be able to voice out my opinion on a sensitive topic on behalf of the younger generation.”

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The trust provides support, information and advice services for those living with HIV or affected by poor sexual health.

Ian Green, its chief exec, said: “Rachel and the other inspiring young people who joined us today have really made a difference by telling MPs what sex and relationships education is really like in 2016, and how it is continuing to fall short of what they need and deserve.

“This is a generation that has grown up with equal marriage, smartphones and social media – the information they are currently given is wholly unfit to prepare them for the realities of sex and relationships today.

“We must end this silence and make sex and relationships education mandatory in all schools if we are to tackle issues such as homophobia, bullying, unhealthy relationships and poor sexual health.”

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