It is as well that ministers now want to focus on improving sex education in schools. How can it be effective if pupils do not feel comfortable talking to teachers about their real preoccupations - as opposed to the niceties of the curriculum?
There is an issue of concern here that goes beyond sex education. As the research report says, schools deliver education as an aged-based, mass system. Yet the sexual development of young people is no respecter of age - which might indeed be said of educational development in general. This research therefore is of relevance to all teachers and all parts of the curriculum.