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Sex education not good enough

23rd July 2010

Ofsted inspectors say lessons about sex, relationships and health are not good enough in 25% of schools in England.

Baby Ward

It blames teacher embarrassment and lack of knowledge as the main reasons for the failing.
Ofsted surveyed 92 primary and 73 secondary schools and found that in many secondary schools, pupils were taught about the biology of sex but not relationships.

The inspecting body looked at personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in 165 schools in England where the subject has been part of the school timetable for 10 years.

In 34% of the secondary schools visited, students' knowledge of sex and relationship was "no better than satisfactory", while in a further three schools it was rated "inadequate".

The report stated: “Students' knowledge and understanding was often good about the biology of sex but weaker about relationships. They said that their sex and relationships education was taught too late and there was not enough of it to be useful.

"Discussion was sometimes limited because of the teacher's embarrassment or lack of knowledge. In these schools, the students did not have the opportunity to explore the nature of relationships in any depth. They had not discussed managing risks, saying 'no', negotiation in relationships, divorce and separation, or living in reconstituted families.”

Chief Inspector Christine Gilbert said she was pleased that most of the schools visited were good or outstanding at teaching the subject but there were some weaknesses.

The Department for Education said the report from Ofsted was a useful assessment of PSHE education in schools.

 

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