Stoke Primary School
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Our schools policy on sex and relationship education is based on the DfES document ‘Sex and Relationship Education Guidance’ (DfES 0116/2000). We recognise that ‘Sex and Relationship Education’ is the policy’s full title, but for brevity’s sake, we will refer in the rest of this policy as ‘SRE’.
In the DfES document, sex education is defined as ‘learning about physical, moral and emotional development’. The guidance states, ‘It is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health.’
Sex education is part of the personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum in our school. When we inform our pupils through sex education about sexual issues, we do this with regard to morality and individual responsibility, and in a way that allows children to ask and explore moral questions. We do not use sex education as a means of promoting any form of sexual orientation.
Aims and Objectives
We teach children about:
We teach about sex in the context of the school aims and values. While sex education in our school means that we give the children information about sexual behaviour, we do this with an awareness of moral code, and of the values which underpin all our work. We teach SRE on the understanding that:
As a whole school, we teach children about relationships, and we encourage children to discuss issues.
In Year One the children cover these aspects of the PSHE Framework,
In Year Two the children cover these aspects of the PSHE Framework,
In Year Three the children cover these aspects of the PSHE Framework,
In Year Four the children cover these aspects of the PSHE Framework,
In Year Five the children cover these aspects of the PSHE Framework,
In Year Six the children cover these aspects of the PSHE Framework,
These aspects of the PSHE framework are supported by the ‘Living and Growing’ programmes. Parents are informed when the viewing of these programmes are taking place and are invited into school to preview the series before their child watches it.
In Science lessons, in both Key Stages, teachers inform children about puberty and how a baby is born. For this aspect of our teaching we follow the guidance material found in the national scheme of work for Science. In Key Stage 1, we teach children about how animals, including humans, move, feed, grow and reproduce, and we also teach them about the main parts of the body. Children learn to appreciate the fact that people are not all the same, and that we need to respect each other. In Key Stage 2, we teach about life processes, and the main stages of the human life cycle, in greater depth.
The role of the parents and carers
The school is well aware that the primary role in child sex education lies with parents and carers. We therefore wish to build a positive and supporting relationship with the parents and carers of the children at our school through mutual understanding, trust and cooperation. To promote this objective we:
Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the SRE programme that we teach at our school. If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn, they should discuss this with the class teacher and make it clear, in writing, which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in. The school always complies with the wishes of parents/carers in this regard.
The role of other members of the community.
We encourage other valued members of the community to work with us to provide advice and support to the children with regard to health education. In particular, members of the Local Health Authority, such as the school nurse, social workers, the Family First Team and other health professionals give us valuable support with our SRE programme.
Teachers conduct SRE lessons in a sensitive manner and in confidence. However, if a child makes a reference to being involved (or likely to be involved) in sexual activity, then the teacher will take the reference seriously, and deal with it as a matter of child protection. Teachers will respond in a similar way if a child indicates that they have been a victim of abuse. They will not try to investigate, but will immediately inform the head teacher, who is the named person for child protection issues, about their concerns. The headteacher will then deal with the matter in consultation with health care professionals (see our Safeguarding Policy).
The role of the Head Teacher
It is the responsibility of the Head teacher to ensure that the SRE policy is implemented effectively.
Monitoring and review
The Governing Body gives serious consideration to any comments from parents and carers about the SRE programme, and maintains a record of all such comments.
This policy will be reviewed every two years or earlier if necessary.