A controversial sex education programme that taught children as young as six about touching their “private parts” has been withdrawn by a council in Britain following a backlash from parents.

The Telegraph reports  that the “All About Me” syllabus, which was rolled out at over 200 primary schools across Warwickshire, proposed that children should learn that “lots of people like to tickle or stroke themselves as it might feel nice” including their “private parts”.

The primary school syllabus reassured children that masturbation is “really very normal” but that wasn’t “not polite to do it when other people are about”, recommending instead that children wait until they are alone, such as “in the bath or shower or in bed”.

The programme also specified that gender identity was “best understood as being a spectrum”.

Following an outcry from parents The Christian Institute wrote to Warwickshire County Council saying parents were considering legal action.

The Council has now decided to drop the controversial sex education course, saying it would “cease with immediate effect”.

In Ireland, ongoing reviews of sex education programmes in schools have also provoked concerns from parents. One Labour party councillor told a packed meeting in Tallaght  that babies masturbated for “pleasure”.