Sex education review

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SEX education classes in Doncaster schools face an overhaul as council bosses aim to cut high rates of teenage pregnancy.

The number of Doncaster teenagers falling pregnant is well above the national average, with conception rates still a concern for Doncaster Council.

A recent Ofsted report into the authority’s children and young people’s service described the teaching programme as ‘deficient’.

Now health and education representatives have joined council officers to oversee a complete review of the borough’s sex and relationship education programme. Children will also be consulted.

Chris Pratt, Doncaster Council’s director of children and young people’s services, has pledged to improve the quality of sex and relationship education for all Doncaster youngsters.

He told the borough’s schools and young people’s overview and scrutiny committee: “From speaking to children it is clear they don’t rate the sex and relationship education they receive in and out of schools. This supports what Ofsted found.

“We’ve started the process of fundamentally reviewing this area. But we know we need to radically change the content of sex and relationship education.”

Raising the quality of sex and relationship education is a key element in reducing the number of teenage pregnancies, according to sexual health bosses.