Pupils left red faced over sex education

By on 18/03/2010 in News

Date: Friday, 19th, March 2010

Time: 2pm

Location: Committee room 4, Council House

Details: Schoolchildren in Birmingham find it embarrassing when teachers try and teach them about sex.

That was one of the findings following a review into the teaching of sex in schools canvassing the views of young people in the city.

Their views have now been put together in a new leaflet which will be distributed to schools aimed at encouraging them to make sex education more appropriate.

The leaflet was put together by a group of schoolchildren who were also involved in producing a major report with councillors into sex education that was published last April.

It will now be distributed to schools to encourage teachers to make sex education more appropriate. The young people who produced the guide will be available to talk about their views on sex education at the launch of the leaflet at the Council House on Friday.

The review found there was a need to combat the cringe factor in sex education by taking their teachers out of the picture. The leaflet says: “We don't want embarrassing lessons with teachers we see everyday. We'd find it easier to talk to somebody we didn't know.”

The review also found that schoolchildren in the city were uncomfortable with the term “sex education” because it failed to take into account the importance of relationships.

Instead, “relationships and sex education” was preferred.

A need to be more sensitive to the cultural and religious heritage of different groups in the city was also expressed, with the setting up of a multi-faith forum to promote this recommended.

Other findings from young people consulted include:

• A minimum entitlement of high quality and age appropriate education on relationships and sexual health
• More training and support for teachers
• Greater involvement of parents and children in shaping lessons in relationships and sex education.

Members of the UK Youth Parliament worked with the Children and Education Overview and Scrutiny Committee for almost two years to produce the Education on Relationships and Sexual Health report.

Cllr Jon Hunt, chairman of the Children and Education Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “This leaflet has been produced by young people and sets out their hopes for this important area of education.

“I hope that schools will find this helpful in improving relationships and sex education.”

ENDS
Further information from Shahid Naqvi 0121 303 3635.

Notes to Editors
• For a pdf of the original Education on Relationships and Sexual Health report go to the link below, or phone the press office and a copy of the report can be emailed to you.
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=Scrutiny-Office%2FPageLayout&cid=1223092748095&pagename=BCC%2FCommon%2FWrapper%2FWrapper

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  1. kenneth holmes says:

    Talking about sex,is always awkward for teachers and pupils.
    Not a job for amateurs,no one seems to know how addictive sex can become emotions are difficult to handle,some lives can be ruined by it.
    yes there are people who can deal with its problems.in general most teenagers get badly hurt.
    But sex gets treated as a joke.which it is not,it has conseqencies.
    There is no such thing as safe sex,emotionally,safe that is.

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