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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.”