Sex Education in the Diocese of Middlesbrough
Blogged by James Preece on 8th August 2012
After discovering that a government minister had intervened to remove the sex education programme "Living and Growing" from the shelves, I decided to ask the Diocese of Middlesbrough if they had been using the programme...
Dear Mr Preece
Responses to your questions about Channel 4 sex education programme "living and growing"
1) Has this programme been used in any diocesan primary schools?
Not in an Middlesbrough Diocesan Primary Schools and its use has been actively discouraged because any material used for teaching in a Catholic School must be in accordance with the Church’s teaching.
2) Does this programme continue to be used in diocesan primary schools?
My researches indicate that it has not been used in any Middlesbrough Diocesan Primary School.
3) Is there a Diocesan policy relating to the use and selection of sex education (PSHE) materials for primary schools?
Currently a process organised nationally by CES and NIBRIA to review the Relationship and Sex Education guidelines last issued by the Bishop’s Conference in the 1990s is taking place and a Middlesbrough Diocesan Working Party has been established to implement those revised guidelines locally. In the meantime the Diocese recommends to the Governors of Diocesan primary schools the current scheme of the Diocese of Brentwood called ‘Journey in Love’ and the current scheme of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
I hope the above information answers your questions.
Father Derek Turnham
So the good news is no living and growing. I don't know much about the Diocese of Brentwood scheme, but I'm not fantastically pleased to hear they are recommending the current scheme of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
The following video from "All That I Am" contains graphic full frontal nudity approved by Archbishop Vincent Nichols and recommended to Primary Schools by the Diocese of Middlesbrough.
This video is aimed at nine year olds but you should only watch this video if there are no children around, you certainly shouldn't watch it at work...
The nude bodies flying at the screen. What are they for? There is absolutely nothing educational about them at all. I am quite sure that if a man on the street were found showing such pictures to nine year old girls he would be arrested.
Time for another email to the Diocese...