Sex Education in Primary Schools

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Sex Education in Primary Schools

According to the news Britain currently has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe, and various sources of figures suggest that rising numbers of young people are being diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases. ‘’Primary school children in England should be given basic sex education lessons; a government review has explained. It is likely to recommend a shake-up of lessons to combat concerns that current teaching of the subject is too patchy’’ (The Guardian, Thursday 28th October 2008 – www.guardian.co.uk[->0] ). Campaign groups and some parents argue there is no evidence to suggest that teenage pregnancy rates are reduced by starting sex education at an early age. The government review is expected to say that sex education should be compulsory in all schools. I will be looking at views from those who are ‘for’ sex education in schools and those who are ‘against’ it. I will take into consideration the points and views raised from both parties; firstly I will analyze the arguments of both parties and look at key government legislation as well as the views of parents. Secondly looking closely at moral ethics; to finish I will discuss how the delivery of this new implementation into the classroom. overall situation taking in to account any implications that could arise and any positive and negative effects that could arise. Sex education in primary schools is to become mandatory under new government plans to protect young people from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections meaning thousands of parents lose the right to opt their children out of the lessons. Under the new laws, which are unlikely to come into play until 2010, children aged five to seven will learn about simple physical changes to their bodies and the differences between boys and girls and between seven and nine, they will be taught about puberty and relationships, while pupils in the final two years of primary school could learn about...
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