Children from the age of 11 are to be taught about sexual consent under new government plans.
The government said it wanted to give young people a “better understanding of the society around them” so they could “make informed choices and stay safe”.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said there were “unimaginable pressures” for young people growing up.
The lessons are planned for mixed and single-sex state and independent schools in every part of England.
Healthy relationships ‘crucial’
The plans are being drawn up by the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) Association, an organisation set up in 2006 to oversee PSHE teaching.
The introduction to the draft document, which is due to be launched this year, says young people should be taught about consent before they are sexually active.
It says learning about healthy relationships is “crucial” to keeping those under the age of 16 who are sexually active “healthy and safe from abuse and exploitation”.
The document added that “recognising that some young people will be sexually active before the age of 16 does not equate to encouraging underage sexual activity”.
“Government plans sex consent lessons for 11-year-olds”