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Students want more say in sex education

13/10/2011 Kelly
A study of sex and relationship education (SRE) in the UK has found that British teenagers would like to have more input into the lessons, people looking for teaching vacancies may be interested to hear.

In a poll by the youth sexual healthy charity, Brook, 72 per cent of teenage respondents felt that they should have an influence over the content of their SRE lessons.

Some 78 per cent of those questioned said that they had no opportunity to influence the subject matter.

Brook surveyed 2,029 students aged between 14 and 18 and found that over half (52 per cent) would have liked more discussion of relationships and emotions in SRE classes.

The survey revealed that 22 per cent of pupils consider the education they receive on sex and education to be either poor or very poor. Forty per cent claimed it was average.

Deputy chief executive of Brook, Jules Hillier, said: "Standards vary so widely that all too often young people miss out on the information they need to stay safe, healthy and happy," the BBC quoted.

Around one-in-seven (13 per cent) of the students involved in the study said that they learned most about sex and relationships from their SRE teacher while less than one-in-ten (9 per cent) said it came from their parents.

More than one-third (36 per cent) told interviewers that they found out most of their information from friends while five per cent said they learned about sex from internet pornography.

Throwing down the gauntlet to teachers and policy-makers, Ms Hillier said it was a big cause for concern that the gap in understanding was not being bridged by reliable sources but in the playground and on the internet.

A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman told the Press Association: "We are carrying out a wide, internal review of the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum to strengthen classes to address weaknesses reported by Ofsted last year."

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