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Are those porn stars enjoying their jobs? The sex questions children aged 11 will be asked in government-backed lessons

17 March 2015 1,912 views No Comment

By Sarah Harris for the Daily Mail
school runYoungsters could be quizzed about adult films to teach about consent
Lesson for 11-16 year-olds will also cover ‘rape myths and victim blaming’
But critics warn classes could encourage children to watch adult films

Children as young as 11 will be encouraged to critique the performance of porn stars under government-backed lessons. Youngsters could be quizzed about adult films by teachers in a bid to teach them about the issue of consent. Staff are told to be prepared that pupils may argue that ‘taking part is just like any job, and that people often do jobs that they don’t like’
Children as young as 11 will be encouraged to critique the performance of porn stars under government-backed lessons (picture posed by model
But furious critics have attacked the personal, social and health education lessons (PSHE) for children aged 11 to 16 as a ‘free advertisement for the porn industry’.They warn that the classes could encourage young children to watch adult films.
The latest PSHE guidance – commissioned by the Department for Education and backed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Home Secretary Theresa May – was published yesterday.
Produced by the PSHE Association, which is funded by the Government, it is designed to help schools teach the issue of consent at Key Stage 3 and 4.
The latest PSHE guidance – commissioned by the Department for Education and backed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (pictured) and Home Secretary Theresa May – was published yesterday
Detailed lesson plans in eight subjects include content such as ‘pornography, sexual images and consent’ and ‘rape myths and victim blaming’.
An ‘extension’ activity suggests talking about the stars of the films with children. The class would be asked: ‘Is everyone acting in pornography consenting to the situation?’
The guidance does not suggest showing porn films in class.
A ‘main activity’ involves imagining an alien from a planet where there is no sex coming to Earth and gathering information from watching pornography. Pupils in groups could ‘discuss and list the misconceptions about consent that the alien would have if their only evidence was from pornography’.
Porn lessons are aimed at upper Key Stage 3 – age 13 and above – but teachers can introduce the subject for younger ages if they think the topic is having an ‘influence’ on attitudes. Lessons are not mandatory but schools are encouraged to adopt them.
But Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said the lessons were an ‘emotional and moral minefield’. He said: ‘It’s very dangerous and it’s taking children at a fairly vulnerable age into territory which is likely to traumatise and emotionally disturb them. ‘It’s basically a free advertisement for the porn industry. If the makers of pornographic films were to do this, it would be condemned as corrupting a generation of children.’
Professor Alan Smithers, of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, said the lessons give an ‘extraordinary message’ to pupils.
And Margaret Morrissey, of campaign group Parents Outloud, added: ‘We are bringing up a generation of children who are having their childhood constantly eroded.’
Joe Hayman, chief executive of the PSHE Association, which received £75,000 funding from

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