While this move is welcome, it made me realise how much was missing from even the basic aspects of sex education, which I was taught not that long ago (I’m now 21) in my all-girls school.
Despite the programme of study being titled sex and relationships and education, there was little guidance on forming healthy relationships – including the ideas of support, commitment and mutual respect. When relationships were discussed, they were treated in a clinical manner – as little more than sex.
Entirely true, relationships are important. Also entirely true, sex is great fun.
But it is also true, on average and across the people, that male and female attitudes to sex are slightly different. There are indeed women to whom a shag is just a shag, men to whom nothing without true love is even remotely enjoyable or even possible. But that ain’t the way to bet now, is it?
To then insist that sex education should be about relationships is to do what we did with exams and coursework, feminise education to a point.
This may or may not be a good idea but that is what the idea is.