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Sex lessons for pupils aged five under Labour

4 February 2015 2,045 views No Comment

PUBLISHED: 12:55, 3 February 2015 | UPDATED: 07:37, 4 February 2015
Party plans to introduce subject to primary school curriculum in bid to tackle homophobic bullying
Tristram Hunt warns homophobic language is ‘damaging life chances’
Shadow education secretary promises tougher training for teachers
Primary and secondary school staff to be trained on homophobic bullying
Labour would also make sex education compulsory in all schools
Ofsted has defended asking pupils if they call each other ‘gay’ or ‘lesbo’

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, pictured today, warned the use of homophobic language is ‘damaging the life chances of so many young people’ as he launched a plan for compulsory sex education
Children aged five will have sex education classes if Labour wins the election.
Tristram Hunt said yesterday the subject would go on the primary school curriculum to tackle homophobic bullying.
The lessons are currently given only to children of secondary school age.
Labour sources said Mr Hunt, who is the party’s education spokesman, wanted ‘age appropriate’ teaching about sex and relationships to begin in key stage one, when pupils are aged five to seven.
They claimed the move would also help tackle the problems of domestic violence and rape in later life.
But campaigners warned against sacrificing childhood innocence for the sake of political correctness.
Margaret Morrissey of Parents Outloud said: ‘We need to let children be children, particularly at key stage one, when many are still not very mature and may find this kind of material confusing and quite scary.
‘Are we really saying that at the age of five, children have to put their childhood behind them and learn about all the things adults have to deal with?
That is not what parents want. I understand that politicians are looking for eye-catching ideas to win the election, but I would say to them, please don’t sacrifice our children’s innocence.’
Simon Calvert of Christian Concern said the explicit material already used in schools would shock many parents.
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He added: ‘We are all concerned about the sexualisation of young people, particularly with the influence of the internet and social media but Labour have landed on the wrong solution.
‘For three decades the cry has been that we must have more sex education, of a more explicit nature, at an ever younger age – and look where it has got us.
‘We should end the defeatism that says children will inevitably be exposed to pornography and engage in sexual activity and therefore have to be equipped to deal with it. It is a counsel of despair
Margaret Morrissey Parentoutloud agreed with this and warned we had been there before with Drugs education and look where that also has got us many children use drugs like sweets

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