Scottish Schools to Teach Children As Young As 5 About ‘Sexual Consent'
Schools also told to focus on 'more than just LGBT issues'
Primary schools in Scotland will start teaching young pupils about 'sexual consent,' according to reports.
Following a government study, it was emphasized that children should be taught about the issue “from early learning through all stages of school education.”
Personal and Social Education (PSE) teachers will be implemented with training and resources focusing on topics such as sexual harassment and ‘gender-based violence’ following a Scottish National Party (SNP) review.
The study said it found PSE teaching “inconsistent and inadequate,” and has made suggestions for ‘modernising’ the subject.
It also included students being allowed to design their lessons on topics.
The document also orders schools to “ensure a greater focus on learning about all aspects of equalities” during PSHE lessons.
It added that this should focus on “more than just LGBT issues – promotion of positive relationships, behavior, understanding, and inclusivity.”
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
“Personal and Social Education is critical to giving young people the knowledge, skills, and resilience to navigate the various stages of their lives and reach their full potential.
“Pupils have told us that PSE needs to be more relevant, empathetic and informative and must reflect the issues facing young people today."
"Updated consent education will be stage and age appropriate, will involve young people in the design and delivery of classes and will deliver more consistent teaching at all levels."
“The recommendations will also ensure a high standard of learning and support in mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and will give pupils greater access to mental health support,” added the Scottish minister.
Scotland recently announced that its education system would become the world’s first to require schools to promote LGBT identities, relationships, and lifestyles across the curriculum.
All schools in the country will be forced to “embed” teaching on LGBT political history, movements, and identities within “all levels of the curriculum from early years to senior phase.”
The move is to support “equality and inclusion” of sexual minorities following the Scottish Government acceptance of a full a set of recommendations drawn up by LGBT activists.