The Mail is reporting that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has endorsed a sex education resource for schools which includes information about rape, domestic violence, pornography, female genital mutilation and online sex abuse…
She has put her name to a document produced by a group of activists, the End Violence Against Women Coalition, which they say is designed to ‘fill gaps’ in sex and relationship education.
The sheet says it intends to help teachers confront ‘harmful attitudes in boys and young men’ before they become adults.
But parent groups have raised concerns that Mrs Morgan – who was appointed Education Secretary in July – is encouraging changes to the sex education curriculum ‘by the back door’.
Margaret Morrissey from campaign group Parents Outloud warned of the dangers of ‘hugely aggressive feminist groups’ setting the agenda in schools.
She said: ‘I’m amazed that the Department for Education are supporting this.’
She added there was a risk of handing ‘extremely explicit information’ to young people and it should be for parents to address sensitive issues. ‘You are putting a lot of information into young heads about things they may not even have thought of,’ she said…
The factsheet was published this week by the EVAWC and is thought to be aimed at secondary schools in particular, meaning it could be used for 11-year-olds. However there is no mention of it on the Department for Education website.
In an apparent reference to sex abuse scandals in Rotherham and elsewhere, Mrs Morgan said ‘recent events’ showed it was ‘crucial’ to teach young people about the abuse faced by women and girls.
‘Good quality relationship education which teaches the importance of respect and mutual consent should be at the heart of this,’ she said…
More at: Schools minister backs explicit sex education for children aged 11: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan gives green light to controversial resource providing schoolchildren with information about pornography and rape
Read more about this from the EVAW website: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan backs new EVAW Schools Factsheet on VAWG
Download the factsheet as a pdf here: Violence Against Women and Girls Factsheet
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