Sex Education In Schools Is Not Meeting The Needs Of Today's Teens

13/10/2011 11:53 | Updated 22 May 2015
Sex education lessons at school are not up to scratch for today's teensPA

New research from the sexual health charity Brook has found that sex education dished out in schools does not meet the needs of young people.

The charity commissioned a survey of more than 2,000 children aged 14 to 18, and 47 per cent of them said their school's SRE (sex and relationship education) lessons were not relevant to them.

An overwhelming number of teens - 81 per cent - said they got most of their knowledge of sexual health from magazines, their friends or their partners. Only five per cent of the youngsters had received info from their mums, and a minuscule one per cent from dads.

Many young people also felt their teachers were not equipped to teach sex education, with 26 per cent of the respondents saying their teacher had not taught SRE 'well'.

Jules Hillier, deputy chief executive of Brook, commented on the findings: 'Young people in Britain deserve honest, useful information about sex and relationships, but SRE in UK schools is failing them.

'Learning about sex and relationships is a crucial life skill and by letting teenagers leave school ill-informed we are letting them down.'

What do you think of sex education in schools? Are you happy with the info your teens are getting?


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