Children 'encouraged to discuss kinky sex acts'

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An investigation was ordered last night after complaints that primary school children had been encouraged to discuss 'kinky' sex acts during a sex education lesson, writes Ngaio Crequer.

Parents complained after pupils aged 10 and 11 said they had discussed oral sex, and had acted out roles in a marital love triangle during an explicit role-playing session.

Sylvia Snowdon, head of Highfield Primary School in Shadwell, near Leeds, West Yorkshire, conceded: 'In hindsight, I feel that some inappropriate topics were covered and in this context an error of judgement has been made.'

Tom Murray, deputy chairman of Leeds City Council's education committee, said: 'We are still checking the situation. We give advice to all schools on this issue.' He said that the school governors would be asked to review the methods used in teaching sex education.

Parents complained that sex education had gone much further than giving good advice. The complaints were not against members of the teaching staff, but against a member of the local health authority.

They said that a nurse had asked the children to act out the roles of 'mummy', 'daddy' and 'mummy's lover'. They were told they could use any language they liked.

One parent said that the child playing the role of daddy had shouted: 'You've been shagging my wife.' Another parent complained that the pupils were told that Mars bars were used for oral sex.

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