The program is now live in Iplayer- see Here.
Okay so my bit was ultra short and they never came back to me with some of the questions they were saying they were going to ask me (about teaching homosexuality and abortion)
So I decided to add a speedy response my rants here.
Firstly most importantly- the notion that anyone who talks about sex education to children is corrupting them and is some kind of pedophile- well that is just a vile vile disgusting thing to say and it is exactly the reason so many wonderful professional teachers avoid this topic in the classroom. I do my job because I believe in young people’s rights to know and understand their bodies as they develop at an age appropriate level so they can stay safe, and have informed happy relationships when they are ready for them. Equating me to a paedophile is actually the most foul, upsetting and disgusting thing that has ever been said to me. 😦
Secondly they didn’t actually clarify properly what sex and relationships education actually is. Sex & Relationships Education is part biology (how your body works) which is the statutory bit, part relationships (the non statutory bit) and part the actual “sex” bit- contraception, STI’s, etc (some of which is still science by the way) which schools are expected to provide but parents have a right to withdraw from all except the science although less than 1% actually do. If you have any more questions about this please do ask me.
As I managed to say in my piece the majority of parents (84%) want schools to teach sex and relationships education, many parents also want help from schools with how to tackle the issue at home. Parents like her are in a very small minority and have the right to withdraw their children from sex and relationships education. It is actually such a shame that the media continue to give the minority of parents airtime also propagating myths about what SRE actually is, whilst not listening to the majority- this means Sex and Relationships Education is always the political hot potato and the government is never going to sort it out properly.
I’m glad I managed to get in my point about “Young people are demanding and deserve better sex and relationships education”. but I need to put this bit in bold: Why are we not listening to them? They want it from both their parents and schools.
I was disappointed Ms. Burrows negated my viewpoint as a parent. I am a parent and a sex educator- the two are both incredibly important to me. My point about my toddler knowing there is a baby in mummy’s tummy was actually trying to highlight that Sex Education should ALWAYS be age appropriate- lead by the stage and development of the child or young person, that can and should happen at both home and school. My daughters won’t want to always talk to me about sex (although I hope I bring them up to feel they can approach me) and I want them to have a safe adult that they can go to to ask the questions they don’t feel able to ask me.
Here are some other points I wanted to make:
- Sex Education should never just be at school or just be at home. It has to be both. Schools and parents need to work closely together to develop the best Sex&relationships for the young people in their care.
- Many studies into sex education actually found that when done properly it actually delays first sex and supports young people developing better more respectful relationships with each other and reduces abuse.