Sex education ‘should promote value of abstinence’

The Telegraph 21 Mar 2013
Parents want sex education to be taught in its “moral context” with an emphasis on marriage and the importance of the legal age of consent, a Government report has found.

More than half of respondents to an official consultation said it was essential that sex and relationship classes promote self-respect and ensure children “value their own bodies”.

The report – published by the Department for Education – said that many people believed that “teaching about abstinence before marriage should be taught alongside contraception”.

It came as the DfE outlined a new system in which schools would be tasked with drawing up their own curriculum covering personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) – the non-compulsory subject used to deliver sex education lessons.