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Young people say that sex and relationships education in schools is negative and out of touch
Roger Pebody, 2016-10-04 08:00:00

A review of 55 separate studies of sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools shows that young people have many criticisms of its narrow approach and its delivery by poorly trained, embarrassed teachers. Classes focus on avoiding unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, but give little attention to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pupils.

“SRE should be ‘sex-positive’ and delivered by experts who maintain clear boundaries with students,” the researchers write in BMJ Open. “Schools should acknowledge that sex is a special subject with unique challenges, as well as the fact and range of young people's sexual activity, otherwise young people will continue to disengage from SRE.”