The act of refraining from sexual activity is part of the Church’s advice for sex education lessons. In a blog post, it also says pupils should be taught the importance of “trust, loyalty and fidelity” in relationships. The BBC reports.
Sex and relationships education was made compulsory in secondary schools in England last year.
The blog, written by the Church’s chief education officer, the Rev Nigel Genders, follows the Church’s response to a government consultation on relationships and sex education.
He said its guidelines stem from an understanding that healthy relationships and sex are “good gifts from God and should bring joy”.
Rev Genders said: “It should give children accurate information to equip them for life in the modern world and make sure they are not harmed or negatively influenced by unrealistic or dangerous materials and expectations.”
Rev Genders said schools have a “vital role” alongside parents to aid children’s understanding.
“Taking that responsibility seriously means we are not prepared to leave their development to the distorted representations of sex and relationships that are just a few clicks away on their phones and computers, but will actively promote staying safe, developing healthy relationships, and protecting self-esteem and good mental health,” he added.
Rev Genders’ comments come after a government consultation on what should be included in the teaching of sex education after the Department for Education said current guidelines were “out of date”.
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