Debate about sex education

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ACADEMICS are set to gather in Sheffield to discuss sex education in the UK’s schools.

A research team led by Sheffield Hallam University will argue the case against teaching abstinence rather than normal sex and relationship education during the one-day debate.

They will present research showing that existing evidence fails to support the view teaching abstinence is the only certain way to avoid unintended pregnancy.

The event takes place at the Showroom, Paternoster Row, Sheffield city centre, on Monday and has been organised to coincide with the Economic and Social Research Council’s festival of social science.

Dr Julia Hirst, from the public health hub at Sheffield Hallam, says “We hope to bring together politicians, teachers, youth workers, young people and their parents to discuss the re-emergence in our society of views promoting abstinence education in schools and youth settings.”