Sex and Relationship Education is a component of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education.
The aim of the programme of study is to provide effective sex and relationships education to all pupils before they become sexually active or put themselves at risk in other ways, to enable them to make informed choices and to understand what constitutes a healthy relationship.
At KS2 SRE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their personal identity, confidence and self-esteem.
Pupils are taught to recognise how their bodies will change as they approach move through puberty and how this can impact on them physically and mentally. This is not gender specific and pupils learn about physical and mental changes in boys and girls.
Pupils have an opportunity to recognise what constitutes a positive, healthy relationship and are given the skills to judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable or unacceptable and how to respond.
At KS3 pupils build on the work of KS2, managing growth and change as normal parts of growing up, particularly the physical and emotional changes of adolescence.
There is a particular renewed focus, as a result of LEA involvement in schools (2017), on learning about the features of positive and stable relationships, including trust, mutual respect and honesty. To consider different levels of intimacy and their consequences and to recognise that consent is freely given and being pressurised, persuaded or coerced to agree to something is not ‘consent.’
Pupils are taught about the emotional aspects of relationships, influences, choices and risks.
Science and PSHCE
The themes of parenting, relationships and ethical and moral issues of sex and relatiponship education are part of the PSHCE programme. The Science Department will deal only with the biological aspects of human sexual behaviour in timetabled lessons. PSHCE will cover AIDS, HIV, STI’s, and aspects of human sexual behaviour other than biological aspects. In the work covered within these lessons parents can exercise their right to withdraw their child. Teachers who are known and trusted by the pupils teach sex education.
Where possible Sex and Relationship Education lessons are delivered by the Public Health Nurse (PHN) either jointly with the class teacher, or independently.
Equal opportunities and special needs
The nature of the work covered in sex education must be appropriate to the age of the children. Children with special needs will require more help than others in coping with the physical and emotional aspects of growing up.
Monitoring and evaluating SRE
The PSHCE lead will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of this programme. This will be done through pupil feedback, staff feedback, parental feedback and governor feedback. In addition a survey will be undertaken (LEA 2017 are launching a consultation document for Primary school children, teachers and parents, see attached) and the outcomes will analysed and where necessary acted on