Safe at School


About the Safe at School campaign

The Safe at School campaign is run by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) > More about SPUC. We advise and support parents and teachers who are concerned about the explicit nature of sex education in schools, which is priming children from the age of five to become sexually active. Parents are also worried that secondary schools are promoting contraceptives and abortion services to their children.


Same-sex "marriage" and homosexuality in schools

Many concerned people are asking: Do schools have to teach pupils
about same-sex marriage? SPUC has produced a comprehensive briefing answering this question and covering related issues. > Read the briefing


Pornography lessons in schools: the latest assault on children

The Sex Education Forum has called for lessons about pornography to be incorporated into sex education. These lessons are not about how to avoid pornography, but encouraging school pupils to embrace it in their lives. > Read more 


Do you know what’s going in your child’s primary school?

Explicit sex education in schools is priming young children to become sexually active once they reach their teens, or even before. Sex and relationships education (SRE) in secondary schools is directed towards teaching teenagers where to get and how to use contraceptives and abortion services.  > Use our list of questions to help you find out what is happening in your child's school


SPUC’s position on sex education in schools

SPUC is not opposed to sex education programmes where the school is supporting the  parents in teaching their own children about puberty and sexuality. SPUC is opposed to sex and relationships education (SRE) which is sexually explicit and which promotes sexual activity and the use of contraceptives and abortion services among school pupils.

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What is "Living and Growing"?

"Living and Growing" is a sex and relationships education (SRE) programme for primary school children, produced by Channel Four. It is graphically sexually explicit, introducing very young children into the sex lives of adults and promoting different sexual behaviours. Visit SPUC's YouTube channel to watch our videos about "Living and Growing".

To learn more about "Living and Growing" you can read two reviews written by Antonia Tully.

The review below is about the original teaching programme which was withdrawn from sale in July 2012. 

'Living and Growing' review, Spring 2011

However, it was not recalled from schools and if your child's school purchased the programme after July 2012, the alternative version is probably being used.

The review below is about the alternative teaching programme.

'Living and Growing - Alternative' review, Spring 2013




Speak out against "Living and Growing" today

It is vital that parents make their voices heard to keep "Living and Growing" out of their child's school. Write a letter voicing your opposition and relate your own experience where possible. Follow the links below to find out where to write to you MP, your local newspaper and your local education authorities.  Please contact Antonia at Safe at School if you would like any help with this.




Latest media coverage on sex education

Parents in other parts of the UK have gone public on their outrage at the use of "Living and Growing". > See the latest stories in our media section


Contact us for confidential advice

If you have concerns about what your child is being taught in non-compulsory sex education lessons or if your child is being taught about sex in statutory science lessons, please contact safe at school in complete confidence.  Please email

The legal status of sex education in primary schools

There is much confusion, even among headteachers and school governors about the exact requirements of the law on SRE in primary schools. Read an authoritative response to the myths surrounding the legal status of SRE.