Commenting on a new poll showing that teachers feel unprepared to teach sex and relationships education to children from this September, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:
“Young people need to be taught about healthy relationships, consent, and how to keep themselves safe, in an age appropriate way, before they start to go looking for answers. Otherwise, as is the case now, too many of them will get bad and even harmful information from the internet or from their peers.
“It is absolutely right that the government has made lessons on sex, relationships and health compulsory in some form for all schools from September. The next step is to make sure that teachers are confident and know they have the right skills to teach this content effectively. Parents too, will want to be very sure that the lessons their children are given are of a high-quality, are pitched at the right level and have the right people teaching them.
“It is crucial that the government provides teachers with sufficient training and resources, before they have to start teaching the new curriculum, to give all schools enough time to prepare the best lessons. This really is too important a subject to get wrong."
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