Sex education lessons fail to deliver

Young people are “highly critical” of the sex and
relationships education they receive in school, according to a

Researchers found that most young people thought that SRE was
squeezed into a few lessons, poorly delivered and too limited in
scope. There was also concern that SRE focused too much on
heterosexual relationships and treated sex as a negative

The research, commissioned by sexual health charity Family
Planning Association, concludes that focusing on scare stories and
the negative aspects of sex “is a real turn-off” and
fails to equip young people with the skills to handle

Young people’s attitudes to sex were found to be
influenced by their peers, with different friendship groups
restraining or encouraging sexual activity.

Young men said they felt under pressure to display sexual
confidence and experience, while young women admitted to having sex
in order to keep their partner.

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