Sarah Dunant; Katelyn Campbell; PHSE education; living with a sulker

Sarah Dunant depicts the Borgias in her new novel Blood and Beauty. Dr Pam Spurr gives advice on dealing with sulking. Katelyn Campbell has taken a stance against the sex education in her American school and in the UK we hear the response of the PHSE Association to a report from Ofsted. And spending your teenage years in care - Lisa Cherry and Pav discuss the way their experiences have shaped them.

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Katelyn Campbell

Katelyn Campbell is a 17 year old high school student from West Virginia, USA. She is seeking an injunction against her Principal, for allegedly threatening to retaliate against her after she protested about a pro-abstinence speaker, Pam Stenzel, taking part in a recent school assembly. Katelyn talks to Jenni about why she felt it was her responsibility to speak out, the repercussions of her actions and what form of sex education she would like to see in schools.

Ofsted criticises sex education

Ofsted says that the teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) in England is “not yet good enough”. Critics say primary schools put too much emphasis on relationships, which leave pupils ill-prepared for puberty and secondary schools focus on reproduction, rather than teaching about healthy sexual relationships. What can be done to improve the quality of sex education? With Jenny Barksfield, Training and Development Officer for the PSHE Association.

Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant discusses papal power games and family rivalries in the Borgia clan in her novel Blood and Beauty.

Coming Through the Care System

Lisa Cherry lived with a series of foster families and in children’s homes when she was a teenager in the ‘80s.  The Brightness of Stars details her experiences and those of 8 people - now adults - who were also in care in for a variety of reasons. Her aim is to “provide some thought provoking information for foster carers, teachers and staff in social care working with young people”. Lisa and Pav discuss their experiences.

Dealing with a Sulker

Giving the cold shoulder, offering the silent treatment, being a mardy bum. On yesterday’s Woman’s Hour we heard from sulkers about what they do. Today we hear from psychologist Dr Pam Spurr about why they do it, how to deal with it and how not to raise a sulky child.


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestSarah Dunant
Interviewed GuestPam Spurr
ProducerRuth Watts

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