Children as young as 13 could be asked to discuss explicit sexual acts based on the roll of a dice as part of a new government-funded sex-ed tool kit.
The sex-ed toolkit was launched by the LGBT+ charity The Proud Trust and was funded by the Tampon Tax Fund through the Office for Civil Society.
The kit includes a game where children roll a dice featuring body parts such as ‘penis’ and ‘hand and fingers’ twice and are then encouraged to discuss the potential sexual acts carried out between them, The Times reports.
The toolkit itself tells teachers to hold their nerve because some of the combinations ‘might seem impossible’ for children to talk about.
The Proud Trust’s Sexuality aGender v2 toolkit (pictured) was launched with funding from the Tampon Tax Fund through the Office for Civil Society. It features a dice game that encourages children as young as 13 to talk about intimate sexual acts
Tanya Carter, a spokeswoman for Safe Schools Alliance, told The Times: ‘This ‘resource’ clearly breaches safeguarding. The tampon tax should be used to educate girls on their rights — not prematurely sexualise them.’
She said that when teaching relationship and sexual education (RSE), teachers also need to remember that some children will have been victims of sexual abuse and may find the lessons traumatising.
The Proud Trust was awarded £99,960 in 2017 from the Tampon Tux Fund for their Sexualty aGender project and this latest ‘v2’ toolkit has been developed using some of these funds.
The MP for Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price said that she fully supports the introduction of RSE into schools and ‘firmly’ believes that it would empower girls to take greater control over their bodies.
The toolkit itself tells teachers to hold their nerve because some of the combinations ‘might seem impossible’ for children to talk about (stock image)
However, on the subject of the Proud Trust toolkit she said: ‘It is with horror that I see materials being produced which do the exact opposite. Schools should be teaching about mutual respect and consent and safe sex.’
Tory peer Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne has even written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson about similar courses, saying that it is unsafe to abdicate responsibility for RSE to teachers who then abdicate it to outside groups.
On the Proud Trust’s website, they describe the toolkit as ‘a fun, interactive, engaging and inclusive sexual health toolkit, for use in secondary schools, colleges and other youth settings.’
The trust says that the four-lesson plan inside the kit helps meet statutory requirements to deliver LGBT+ inclusive RSE and that it helps meet the needs of all students.
MailOnline has approached The Proud Trust for comment.
What is the Tampon Tax Fund?
The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to front line projects that directly improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.
The generated funds have been re-distributed by the Government to women’s charities since 2015.
The Office for Civil Society, which is part of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) runs and manages the fund.
However, following from on from Brexit, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced earlier this year that the Tampon Tax will be abolished by January 2021.
The removal of tax on sanitary products could save women almost £40 each in their lifetime.