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“My experience of sex ed in school was awkward with teachers laughing more than pupils & we only watched videos, not many talks”
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“I enjoyed being able to discuss topics like sexism because I find these topics interesting, personal and also topical”
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“Our form tutor stopped teaching us gay rights so we wouldn't ‘catch the gay’.”
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“If I could plan my own sex ed, I would include many different kinds of relationships from all backgrounds and make sure people aren't embarrassed”
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Why do we need aGender?

Young people from deprived areas suffer hardship and therefore underachieve:

Hastings has a high child poverty rate as compared to the UK (31% Hastings and 22% UK). In some locations the rates are exceptional with 67% of young people in Tressel ward being recorded as living in poverty (Sussex Uncovered, Sussex Community Foundation, 2013). Hastings has the highest education deprivation score in East Sussex   and locations such as Hollington area Tressel Ward are noted as fairing particularly poorly (Sussex Uncovered, Sussex Community Foundation, 2013, Source: LA Summaries ID 2010)  . 

Crime Statistics reports that during July 2015, 371 crimes were recorded as occurring within a mile radius of the location where we are currently concentrating aGender delivery (Broomgrove and surrounds). This is a high crime rate when compared with other Hastings postcode areas. The crimes were noted as frequently occurring in streets from which  participants are drawn. The most frequent types of recorded crime were: 146 (39%) ASB and 79 (21%) violent or sexual offences.

Young people in East Sussex are reported as having declining levels of happiness:

In An Overview of Child Health and Well-being in East Sussex (January 2014) 13% of boys and 20% of girls reported being ‘quite or very unhappy’ (2012). This presented a 4% and 8% respective rise on the 2007 rate. There was a reported increase in girls being concerned about body image with 66% being so concerned in 2012.

Young people are more frequently being reported/report as being at risk:

In An Overview of Child Health and Well-being in East Sussex (January 2014) a rise in East Sussex child protection and safeguarding activity is recorded since 2004 with East Sussex having the highest rates of child protection-related activity in the South East.

In the same document, an increase in sexually active pupils was reported with a rise of 5% since 2007. Across the County 22% of pupils reported as being sexually active. Hastings had notably higher rates with 33% girls and 26% of boys reporting as such.

In the same document, whilst fear of bullying is reported to have decreased in the last 4 years 17% of year 10 pupils still said they had been bullied in the last 12 months and 12% of boys reported being the victims of  violence or aggression in the area which they live.

The Public Health England profile for Hastings, 2015 cites Hastings teenage pregnancy rates as still being ‘significantly worse’ than the England average.