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Compulsory sex education for pupils as young as five could become law

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Laura Clark
UK Daily Mail
Saturday, Oct 18, 2008

Children as young as five could face compulsory sex education lessons.

Ministers believe the subject should be included in the primary school curriculum because teaching is currently too ‘patchy’.

Although they want the lessons to be compulsory, they have agreed to hold a public consultation on whether parents or schools should have the chance to opt out.

The youngest children will be taught basic ideas about relationships and learn the names of body parts before being introduced to more explicit material as they move through school.

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Schools Minister Jim Knight, who will unveil the plans next week, insisted that sex and relationships education ‘before puberty’ helped bring down teenage pregnancy rates.

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But his claim was disputed by family campaigners who accused him of ‘seriously undermining parents’ and caving into a sex education lobby which wants such lessons to start much earlier.

A sex education pamphlet for six-year-olds, launched last month by fpa, formerly known as the Family Planning Association, caused a storm of protest after it emerged that pupils would be asked to name genitalia.

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