The Guardian is reporting that a recent poll has found that the majority of schoolchildren want sex education.
Three-quarters of children between the ages of 11 and 15 believe they would be safer if they had age-appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) in school, according to a survey by a leading children’s charity.
Seven in 10 of the children who took part in the poll, which was commissioned by Barnardo’s and carried out by YouGov, said the government should ensure that all pupils have SRE lessons, and 14% said they had not received any SRE lessons in school at all.
It is thought to be the first time children have been polled on whether they think sex and relationships education (SRE) should be made compulsory.
Pressure has been mounting on the government to make SRE compulsory. In November five chairs of parliamentary select committees sent a strongly worded letter to the education secretary demanding a change in policy.
Barnardo’s is one of a growing number of charities, campaigners and politicians urging the government to introduce compulsory age-appropriate SRE to help address concerns about issues including online pornography and sexting.
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