A few weeks ago we heard the results of a Banardo’s sudy, today the ITV is reporting on another study which has found that more than eight in ten people think sex and relationship education should be compulsory in schools.
The research, which was commissioned by the charity Plan International UK, shows there is support for SRE lessons across the board:
- 85% of those polled think SRE should be mandatory in regular state schools
- 84% believe SRE should be compulsory at academies and free schools
- 83% believe SRE should be compulsory in private schools
- 82% believe SRE should be compulsory faith schools
The survey of 2,007 adults, carried out for the charity by Opinium, also found that out of those who received sex education, just 27% found it informative.
Tanya Barron, Plan International UK’s chief executive, said: “Girls are telling us that they are suffering harassment at school, they don’t feel safe online and are scared on the street.
“They are telling us unequivocally that mandatory and good-quality sex and relationships education is one of the most important ways to help change this situation.”
Of those polled, just 12% felt the education they received about relationships – spanning topics such as love, sexual orientation and abuse – was informative. In contrast, nearly eight in ten (79%) said it was either not informative (48%) or they did not receive any classes at all (31%).
And it still isn’t compulsory!
My only concern is that I do believe parents (and students) should have the right to withdraw to ensure any teaching doesn’t go against their individual beliefs – if a parent wants to teach their child SRE themselves, they should be free to do so.
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