An Accrington school’s take on sex education is to be revealed as part of a Channel 4 documentary.
Thirteen pupils at the Hollins Technology College have been filmed for the show Sex in Class taught by Belgian sexologist Goedele Liekens, a United Nations goodwill ambassador for sexual health. The programme will air this week.
Students who took part in the course were given homework assignments ranging from exploring their vaginas for the girls, to shaving their pubic hair for the boys.
The former beauty queen, one of Europe’s leading consultants on sex education, was called in by the school to tackle the tricky subject, and is campaigning to have her unorthodox lessons turned into an official GCSE.
In a clip for the new documentary, Steve Campbell, headteacher of the school on Hollin Lane, said: “I suppose it was quite a big step to say yes we’re going to be part of this.
“But this year we’ve dealt with teenage pregnancies, we’ve dealt with inappropriate texts and without a shadow of a doubt the biggest single influence on the young people is pornography.”
The show will see a classroom of 15 to 16-year-old pupils tackling everything from hard-core pornography to sexual pleasure and throughout the course of the programme, viewers will see how the pupils and their parents react, how the pupils fare in their exams in the course and if Goedele will manage to get her message about sex education across.
A Channel 4 spokesman said: “The educational programme is being broadcast after the 9pm watershed and it will be made clear to viewers beforehand that it contains frank discussions and images of a sexual nature from the start and throughout.”
Britain has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in Western Europe, and figures suggest that 83 per cent of children will have seen pornography by the time they reach the age of 13.
Sex education in classrooms in the UK is not compulsory and parents have the option to remove their children from sex education classes if they wish to do so.
Earlier this year Hollins was named one of the best schools in the country for student GCSE progress.
Sex in Class will air on Channel 4 on Thursday, August 6 at 9pm.