Friday, 12 March 2010

This is not made up

This is a quick courtesy email to let you know that as part of their Sex & Relationships Education, Year 8  are having lessons this week on Contraception. This includes teaching about safe and responsible condom use, which is vital in the context of teenage pregnancy statistics in the Borough

The PDC dept will, of course, make every effort to ensure that all condoms remain in the PDC classroom. However you will appreciate that it is impossible to be sure of this with classes of around 32 students. I am aware that a condom made it to the playground today (!!) and I wanted to take this opportunity to apologise if any find their way into your lessons.

If you see any students with condoms outside of their PDC lessons we would be grateful for your support by either dealing with them appropriately or referring them to the nearest PDC teacher!
PDC translates as Personal Development Curriculum. Year 8 are ages 12-13 years. Text above is verbatim and complete, and dates from Tuesday of this week.

9 comments:

Francis said...

Outrageous...classes of 32 students!

Kate said...

Yes, year 8 today, years 5+6 tomorrow!
The very notion that 'Personal Development' can be taught to as many as 32 youngsters at a time has something of a stench about it.

Elizabeth from Sussex said...

And was it a Catholic school?

Joe said...

No, not a Catholic school. A community school.

Elizabeth from Sussex said...

That's what we've got coming then.

Joe said...

No, not if Catholic schools fulfil their mission. And the people who can/should assure that are the staff and management of the schools themselves. This is what I see as the key question.

Francis said...

I haven't really been following this development. Do we know yet what will have to be taught at what age and in how much detail?

Will Catholic schools find themselves in the position of having to show contraceptives to year 8's whilst simultaneouly explaining that using them is forbidden?

Anonymous said...

Zero says
Having seen a television programme about sex education where the pupils put condoms on cucumbers(they had to do this blind folded by the way!) I am not too concerned as to whether the condoms are all returned but whether 32 cucumbers are going to go to waste in this cold weather.

Francis said...

Under new EC regulations children will not be permitted to put condoms on bent cucumbers.