Controversial sex education film Living and Growing angers parents at Devonshire Primary School
A controversial sex education film is to be shown in a primary school prompting concern among some parents.
Devonshire Primary School is to show seven- to 11-year-olds a film called Living and Growing, that which was withdrawn from sale last year after former schools minister Nick Gibb described it as "shocking".
The school sent letters to pupil's parents inviting them to a screening of the film, which shows cartoons of a couple chasing each other around a bed with a feather before having sex, but a parent has claimed only nine showed up.
Iqbal Rajah, whose son attends the school, handed out 300 leaflets ahead of a meeting on Friday (July 5), which 16 attended, and invited a guest speaker, Antonia Tully from organisation the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.
He said: "The school do not need to teach nine-year-old boys how to pleasure themselves, which is what this film does. This film is sexually explicit and I do not want my son to see it at his age."
Antonia Tully, who spoke at the meeting at the Sports Village, in Rose Hill, said: "This is material which a lot of parents say is pornographic.
"It is setting teenagers up for premature sexual activity. I would never tell my child that sex is for fun."
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show teenage pregnancies in England and Wales are at the lowest level since 1969.
According to research by the Personal Social Health and Economic Education Association, the majority of parents want their children to receive comprehensive sex and relationship teaching at schools, and Living and Growing is "a resource that has been tried, tested and well received since the early 1990s in many schools with the full support of parents".
Martin Kearsey, Devonshire Primary School Headteacher, said: "We wrote to parents inviting them to come and watch the film before it is shown to the children.
"After the screening for the parents, it was decided to make a couple of small edits before the film is used in the classroom.
"Parents will be given the option of withdrawing their child from the class while it is being screened."
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