School governor resigns in row over sex education film
A school governor has quit his role over the decision to show a sex education video to children as young as five.
The Living and Growing DVD has caused controversy around the country for its scenes using cartoon couples.
It has received such strong criticism from parents and even government minister Nick Gibbs that the Channel 4-produced DVD was removed from sale.
But Westbury Leigh Primary School in Wiltshire, which bought it before it was withdrawn, has decided to show the film to its pupils.
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The decision has prompted Keith Miller, a governor at the school for 12 years, to quit his role.
Mr Miller, 75, said: “Sex education in schools is essential and I am not against it. But the important thing is the way it is done, and this film was showing far too much to children at far too young an age.
“I wanted to see it for myself after hearing about the content, which I could have done, but was told I couldn’t go along to a showing of the film to parents, which seemed very wrong to me.
“Unfortunately, I missed the session where the rest of the governors watched the tape, which is why I wanted to see it with the parents, so I could talk to them about it.
“Since they said ‘no’, I had to find out about the content of the film myself, being shown in a school where I was governor. There’s something very wrong about that.
“All the other governors approved of it being shown and it was suggested I might like to abstain when we voted, but I objected and they went ahead anyway.
“I couldn’t agree with that. The film is too much, too soon.”
The film, which has been described as “pornography” by some parents, includes a section aimed at children as young as five, asking them to name the body parts on a drawing of a naked man and woman.
In another scene aimed at eight-year-olds, a naked cartoon couple chase each other around a bedroom with a feather before having sex.
Despite being withdrawn from sale, Wiltshire Council has defended Westbury’s Leigh’s decision to show it.
A spokesperson said: “We don’t recommend resources to schools but do share details of those that are available.
“Individual schools select the resources that they feel best meet the needs of the pupils.”
Some parents at the primary school have also criticised its decision to show the film.
Hayley Robinson, 44, said: “In general I thought the film was age appropriate where it showed how children’s bodies change as they grow older, but other parts concerned me. I felt it was inappropriate for such young children.”