Educational services providers are facing a growing competition from technology firms, as new data reveals more than half of the country’s primary schools are being used for video content.
The Department for Education has released figures showing that the number of schools providing sex education videos rose by more than 200% between 2010 and 2020, rising from 3,938 to more than 3,800.
Of these, 3,826 schools were provided with online sex education services in 2020, a rise of 1,846 compared with the previous year.
Education sector group CAA said that it was concerned about the impact of technology on the provision of sex education, and it was “unclear” how this might impact on the way the content was being presented.
The DfE said it had a “strong and clear” approach to tackling the issue of pornography in schools.
“The current policy is clear, there is a strong emphasis on sex education and the provision is being monitored and assessed to ensure that schools are providing quality education,” a spokesperson said.
CAA also pointed to a recent survey, which showed that about half of secondary school pupils in England had used sex education at some point, and that nearly a quarter had viewed an adult video in a school.
The survey showed that more than a quarter of pupils aged 10 to 14 in England were watching an adult film at school in 2020.
The report also showed that of the 3,820 schools which were providing online sex ed services in the previous financial year, more than 75% of these were private schools.
Of the 3.6 million students attending private schools in England, just over 1.6% had accessed the online sex curriculum, while a further 0.4% were attending a school that had been approved by the Department for Primary Education.
CAA, the main body representing sex education providers, has previously warned that the “unprecedented” number of primary schools offering online sex classes was a threat to the future of the profession. “
We think that’s a good thing, because it means that they are getting the best possible content for their pupils and they’re getting the quality content, which is a good sign.”
CAA, the main body representing sex education providers, has previously warned that the “unprecedented” number of primary schools offering online sex classes was a threat to the future of the profession.
In a statement last year, it said: CAA strongly believes that there are some schools that are doing a poor job in teaching children about safe sex.
This is a matter of urgency and it is the job of all the providers of sex-ed content to make sure that all their schools are delivering this quality content for students in the future.”