NZ Herald 8 November 2015
The Ministry of Education is offering schools professional development programmes to help teachers deliver sexuality education after a major overhaul of the health curriculum six months ago.
Lesley Hoskin, associate deputy secretary student achievement, said the Ministry worked with sexual health experts, teachers and health professionals to update guidelines to give schools a clearer understanding of what they needed to consider when covering sexuality education.
The revision took into account changing social climates, recent youth health research and broader understandings about sexuality and sexuality education.
It also covered issues such as abuse, consent and healthy relationships.
Hoskin said as the health curriculum was not prescriptive there were a number of resources schools could use.
Schools were able to use contemporary issues important to students to explain or or illustrate different scenarios or issues.
Schools Will Reject ‘Extreme’ Sex Ed Guidelines
Media Release 29 May 2015
Family First NZ says that most schools along with the parents in the school community will rightly reject the extreme elements of the new sexuality education guidelines, and that resources should be targeted at parents to help them educate their own children.
“Primary school children as young as 5 will be indoctrinated with issues around ‘gender stereotypes and norms’, ‘sexuality and gender well-being’, ‘gender, sexuality and diversity’, and ‘gender and sexuality messages’. But most children that age simply want to play, eat and have fun. We should let children be children,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.