By Andy Merrett
Nov 13, 2005
Teachers told to use teenage magazines in sex education
The Government’s curriculum advisers, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, have told teachers that they should stop criticising teenage magazines and instead use them as a useful resource in lessons discussing sex and relationships.
They argue that because the magazines are popular, they will help pupils take a critical look at the issues that affect them.
Lesson exercises derived from the magazines may include writing a response to letters from the problem pages, making a list of the positive aspects of entering puberty, and discussing how teenagers are portrayed in the media.
A QCA spokesman said the guidance followed requests from teachers who were not health education specialists.
“It is important that children are aware that growing up is a positive experience when they will have the opportunity to take on more responsibility.
Using magazines and newspapers enables teachers to engage pupils in a relevant and exciting way to ensure they have the information they need to make informed choices.”
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