No futher details as yet about ongoing investigation
Further details have yet to be provided about an independent external investigation into the Relationships and Sex Education Advisory Curriculum.
On 1 March The Department of Education confirmed that an investigation would be looking at concerns about the delivery of the curriculum within secondary schools.
At the time, the department said investigators would produce a report which would ‘ascertain the facts of the situation’ and any appropriate action which may need to be undertaken.
Manx Radio asked the DESC to provide more information about the investigation, the terms of reference for it and to provide details of the people appointed to carry it out.
We also asked if the investigators – believed to be a former police officer and a lawyer – have started yet and whether parents, teachers and children would be interviewed by them.
Additionally Manx Radio asked when the report is expected to be compiled by and for details of the number of ‘malicious accusations and comments’ which the DESC has referred to the police.
The Department of Education, Sport and Culture says it will not be commenting further until the investigation is complete.
In a statement the DESC added: “The safeguarding and wellbeing of all our students is of paramount importance.
“Following concerns being raised around the relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum, the DESC has paused RSE lessons in all primary and secondary schools, while an external independent investigation is carried out.
“The report will establish the facts and ascertain any appropriate action the department may need to undertake.”
In an appearance on Manx Radio Breakfast last week, Chief Minister Alfred Cannan urged people to avoid speculation.