Sex and Relationship Education has never been made compulsory within UK schools, which is something campaigners say needs to change. With the age of consent being as young as 16, the government have been criticised on how some children are taught the bare minimum about sex and in some cases, not at all.
Sex and Relationship Education not only informs young people about the biology behind sex, but also what a healthy relationship is and all about what consent means. A recent study showed that 75% of young children had not been taught what consent is, not having this information could also affect what happens to them in later life.
Campaigners claim that there’s a desperate need for compulsory Sex and Relationship Education in schools. The charity Terrence Higgins Trust recently found that one in seven young people did not receive any Sex Ed at all. In this report Bethany Glover speaks to a London Based campaigner on what he is doing to change things and also two teachers on educating about sex. But first, here are some student’s opinions on their Sex Ed at the recent National Student pride event.
IN: “Let’s talk about sex… (music)”
OUT: “…need to be taught.”
BACK ANNO: Bethany Glover. Following the campaigning, on the 28th February it was announced that Sex and relationship education is to be made compulsory in all schools in England.