Sex education

Edition and implementation of sexual education.

Learn responsible behavior

Sexual education in schools. It contributes to the learning of responsible behaviors, with respect for oneself and others..

Sexual education is an educational approach that aims to:

  • Provide students with objective information and scientific knowledge.
  • Identify the different dimensions of sexuality: biological, emotional, cultural, ethical, social, legal.
  • Develop the exercise of critical thinking.
  • promote responsible individual and collective behavior (prevention, protection of self and others)
  • disseminate specific information, help resources and support inside and outside the establishment

This approach is part of the National Police:

  • Prevention and risk reduction: unwanted premature pregnancies, forced marriages, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS.
  • to combat homophobic, sexist behavior and sexual violence
  • the promotion of equality between women and men and the prevention of sexual and sexist violence and cyber violence

Implementation of sexual education

Participation of all staff.

All members of the educational community participate in the individual and social construction of children and adolescents. They contribute to Develop in students self-respect, respect for others and acceptance of differences.. This education integrates reflection on the emotional, cultural and ethical dimensions of sexuality.

Sexual education is not a new discipline: it is in development through all the teachings, in particular life and earth sciences, moral and civic education, history and geography, French and in the context of school life. She points out:

  • knowledge appropriation
  • better perception of risks: early pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV-AIDS, but also exposure and image of oneself and others on the Internet
  • the development of attitudes such as self-esteem, respect for others, solidarity, autonomy, responsibility

This sex education does not replace the responsibility of parents and families. To allow students to make free and responsible decisions, it tends to encourage them:

  • awareness
  • an understanding of the essential data of their sexual and emotional development
  • the acquisition of critical thinking
  • the meaning and respect of the law

It involves working with students in an approach based on confidence in their abilities, with the aim of developing self-esteem and the ability to make personal decisions. Sexual education takes the form of an invitation to dialoguein a global, positive and supportive framework.

Primary school

Primary school, the time dedicated to sexual education is the responsibility of the school teacher. These times should be identified as such in the class organization and integrated into the lessons. They adapt to the opportunities provided by the classroom or school life.

In middle and high school

At least Three annual sexual education sessions are organized. in middle and high schools. They connect and complement the different lessons taught in class.

The duration of the sessions and the size of the groups are adapted to each educational level. These sessions are organized by a team of volunteers and trained staff (teachers, senior educational advisors, nurses, etc.), where appropriate, in conjunction with external partners with national or academic approval.

Risks prevention

Prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

Inform students

There prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)particularly HIV-AIDS, is to inform teenagers about the risks they face and the means to protect themselves.

It can take place during:

  • life and earth sciences lessons (SVT)
  • annual sex education sessions
  • educational actions, which allow a transversal approach to the prevention of HIV-AIDS

December 1 is World AIDS Day, which is a key time to mobilize schools.
Partnerships are created with associations to carry out information campaigns.

December 1: World AIDS Day

Condom distributors in high schools

The School facilitates high school students’ access to means of protection. All secondary schools are equipped with at least one automatic condom dispenser.

Contraception and prevention of early unplanned pregnancies.

Inform about contraception.

As part of SVT lessons and sexuality education sessions, staff provide information on contraception, as well as local reception, help and support places and services.

Emergency contraception

The national protocol on emergency contraception in schools:

  • determines the conditions of administration of emergency contraception not subject to mandatory prescription or parental authorization
  • specifies the provisions that must be respected, in particular respect for confidentiality, conducting an interview with the student, support and monitoring of the student.

Prevention of sexual violence

Identify children or adolescents who are victims of sexual violence

Schools play a role in detecting violence against children. During medical and screening visits, Health workers can identify cases of child victims of violence. They can, together with the social service assistant, carry out a first analysis of the situation.

Like any public official who, in the exercise of his or her duties, notices a crime or misdemeanor, national education personnel have the obligation to provide assistance and report the situation to the Public Ministry.

The social and health personnel of national education are resources that can help in this process.

Prevention actions in schools

The calendar of schoolchildren, middle school and high school students includes at least one annual information and awareness session on abused children, in particular on domestic violence of a sexual nature.

The fight against pedophilia and the exposure of minors to pornographic images is part of the youth protection policy. The protection of students who use the Internet is reinforced. Educational centers install a filtering system to select or control the information that is made available to students.They raise students’ awareness about the uses of the Internet and the risks that may arise from it.

I protect my child from pornography, the information platform for parents to fight against the exposure of minors to pornographic content online

Parents, find tips, resources, and answers to your questions to protect your children from exposure to pornographic content online. Exposure to such content can have harmful consequences for minors, both in their psychological development and in their representation of sexuality.


The sexual education portal

The Éduscol Sexuality Education portal offers numerous resources to address sexuality and its problems, its actors, dedicated educational courses, etc.

Numbers at your service

  • Hello Childhood in danger : 119
  • Wire-Health-Youth : 0 800 235 236
  • AIDS information service : 0 800 840 800
  • National number against digital violence : 3018

Sites to consult

Learning responsibility, health education, etc.
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