Poor sex education leaves pupils vulnerable - Ofsted
More than a third of schools in England are failing to provide pupils with age-appropriate sex-and-relationships education, the schools watchdog says.
Ofsted inspectors warn this could leave them vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
Too few teachers have the expertise to discuss delicate issues such as sexuality and domestic violence, they say.
The warning comes after teaching unions raised concerns about the effects of a sexualised culture on pupils.
At unions' conferences over the Easter holidays, teachers shared their concerns about the negative impact pornography and pressure to have "the perfect body" was having on their pupils and called for better training to help teachers to deal with such issues.
Changes of puberty
In a report examining personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, Ofsted found it was good or outstanding in 60% of schools, but requiring improvement or inadequate in 40%.
In primary schools, the report says, too much emphasis is placed on friendships and relationships when teaching sex-and-relationships education and this can leave pupils ill-prepared for the physical and emotional changes of puberty.
Read more ... (BBC News - 1 May)