Sex education curriculum backed by primary schools

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PRIMARY schools have defended their sex education classes after an action group called on Northamptonshire County Council to tone down the content.

During a public meeting in Northampton last week a group of parents pledged to ‘bombard’ the county’s MPs and councils with letters saying they oppose the type of films being shown in classrooms to Year Six children.

Many of them said they were shocked the films contained cartoons showing depictions of people having sex and young boys talking about masturbation. Some parents at the meeting said they felt the films would be OK for children of secondary school age, but not for those at primary school.

But despite their worries, schools in the Daventry district said they are completely comfortable with the content.

The Grange School headteacher Gaynor Yates said: “We use the video in conjunction with the teachers and show the parents the video before we show the pupils.

“The whole issue of sex education is approached from a sex and relationships point of view and in all the years we’ve been showing it we’ve never had any complaints.

“It’s very age appropriate and by showing parents beforehand it allows the children to be prepared and then have it explained to them afterwards. I’m a parent myself and would be more than happy for my children to see the video. Parents can also opt out of it but I’ve never known one to do that.”

Tony Bignold, chair of the Parents and Teachers Association at Byfield Primary School, added: “It’s not something that has been an issue at Byfield. I see parents every day and no-one has mentioned it. Byfield is very well run and is more than capable of properly dealing with this sort of thing.”

Northamptonshire County Council said it’s confident that headteachers ensure the sex education classes are age appropriate.

A spokesman added: “The emphasis of the sex and relationship education curriculum at primary school is on relationships with the aim of keeping children safe.

“The involvement of parents is very important, which is why for the past eight years there has been a programme of awareness sessions that provides an opportunity for parents to learn about the curriculum and to address any specific issues.”