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Explicit sex ed agenda challenged by pro-family campaign Safe at School

22 July 2013

London, 22 July 2013: In a letter published today in The Telegraph newspaper1, the pro-family campaign Safe at School has challenged the agenda of groups who want explicit sex education to be imposed upon primary schools under the cover of science lessons.

The letter from Safe at School was written in response to a letter published in The Telegraph on 19 July from the Sex Education Forum, the Mothers' Union and the Royal College of Nursing, among others2. The letter from Safe at School, written by its coordinator Antonia Tully, reads:

Sex-free schooling

SIR – Sex education is, and should remain, a non-compulsory subject in primary school (Letters, July 19). It should not be smuggled into science classes, depriving parents of the crucial legal right to withdraw their children.

Our campaign, Safe at School, is about supporting parents, as the primary educators of their children, in protecting their offspring from graphic sex education.
The new primary science curriculum recognises that introducing sexual issues into the lives of young children under the guise of science is inappropriate. It lists the body parts that children at Key Stage 1 should be able to identify and that list contains no sexual organs.

Teachers do not have to worry about giving the "correct names" for genitalia or otherwise. This supposed need for children aged five to seven to be able to name correctly their genitalia is not going to safeguard them. Quite the reverse, it will stimulate an unhealthy interest in their sexual organs and is a violation of their privacy. Most parents are not drawing their children's attention to genital organs and schools shouldn’t either.

Antonia Tully
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
London SE11

Safe at School is a campaign of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).

Antonia Tully added: "Safe at School first identified the abuse of the National Curriculum in primary schools whereby sex education was being taught in science lessons. Last summer, Nick Gibb, then schools' minister, confirmed for Safe at School that it was wrong for sex education to be inserted into primary schools under the guise of science.

"Distressed parents contacted me saying that their children's schools were telling them that sex education was a compulsory part of the science curriculum and that they could not withdraw their children. Nothing adequately expresses the horror parents experience when they actually see the cartoon films of sexual activity which their young children are subjected to in the classroom", concluded Mrs Tully.

Antonia Tully of SPUC Safe at School can be contacted on 020 8407 3463 or 07926 007175. SPUC's communications department can be contacted on:

Notes for Editors

  1. See third letter at:
  2. See 11th letter at:
  3. See also:
    "Safe at School broadly welcomes changes to National Curriculum science", SPUC, 8 July 2013
    "Tower Hamlets Council gets it wrong over teaching children about sex in science lessons", SPUC, 27 June 2013
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