General Article Teenagers want sex education from their peers, study finds

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A ComRes survey of schools around Britain for Channel 4 shows half of 13- to 17-year-olds questioned (49 per cent) felt they had received too little SRE in their schools.

The majority of pupils (56 per cent) said they are most likely to learn about sex from their friends. And 82 per cent of the 1,123 questioned wanted sex and relationships education to come from a trained young person.

The survey suggests current SRE lessons are not meeting young people’s needs. The Government is due to publish an Internal review of personal, social, health and economic education on 30 November.

The poll found that half (49 per cent) of pupils felt awkward asking questions in SRE lessons taught by teachers – only one in five felt comfortable asking questions.

But 67 per cent of pupils said they would be comfortable asking questions to a trained young person.

In total 70 per cent wanted to receive more SRE lessons taught by a trained young person compared to three per cent who didn’t.

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