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Sex and Relationships Education Policy
To be read in conjunction with the PHSE policy
The Governing Body recognise that this policy takes into account the school’s legal obligations and is based on the principle that Sex Education should be available for all children in accordance with section 241 of the 1993 Education Act.
Sex and Relationships Education encompasses a broad range of areas including conception, sexuality, emotions, relationships, sexual health and ourselves. At Kemball we believe that it is vitally important for students to learn about sex and relationships, to ensure that they have all the information and advice they need to explore, develop and express their own sexuality.
For younger pupils, learning focusses more on understanding feelings in themselves and in others and on the skills of friendship. They learn about risks in everyday life and develop their thinking about risk taking behaviour. As they get older, pupils consider the ways that others can influence how they think and behave and begin to think about peer pressure and how to resist it.
Aims and Objectives
1. To ensure that Sex and Relationships Education meets the needs of all young people in a manner related to their developmental age and experience.
2. To emphasise that Sex and Relationship Education is placed within the context of the school’s work in Personal Social and Health Education.
3. To give information to parents about the programme so that they are aware of what will take place and will be aware of opportunities for involvement and consultation.
4. To indicate the school’s interpretation of all relevant legislation and the Local Authorities’ policy guidelines.
5. To ensure a cohesive and progressive delivery of SRE education that is consolidated and revisited at appropriate times.
Schools have a legal obligation to provide a ‘Sex and Relationships Education’ programme. They also have a responsibility to keep an up to date policy which must be available to parents.
We recognise that parents have the right to withdraw their children from any or all parts of the school’s programme of Sex and Relationship Education, other than those elements, which are required by the Science National Curriculum.
The schools approach to Sex and Relationships Education consists of:
- Pastoral support for students who experience personal difficulties or concerns and who approach staff for support.
- Provision of appropriate information and support through leaflets and books and with the expertise of other agencies
- School nurse support
- Learning and understanding physical development at appropriate stages.
- Understanding human sexuality, sexual health, emotions and relationships.
- Learning about the importance of consent, conception and contraception.
- Being able to recognise and avoid unsafe situations and how to access help .
Attitudes and Values
- Learning the importance of values and individual conscience and moral considerations.
- Learning the value of family life, marriage and stable and loving relationships for the nurture of children that is inclusive of the diverse society in modern Britain.
- Learning the value of respect, love and care.
- Exploring, considering and understanding moral dilemmas.
- Developing critical thinking as part of informed decision making.
Personal and Social Skills
- Learning to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively.
- Developing self- respect and empathy for others.
- Learning to make choices based on an understanding of difference and with an absence of prejudice.
- Developing an appreciation of the consequences of choices made.
- Managing conflict.
- Developing the skills of being assertive and how to stay safe and avoid all types of exploitation and abuse.
Morals and Values Framework
Effective Sex and Relationships Education should achieve a balance between acquisitions of:
• Attitudes – appreciation of difference; tolerance; openness about sex.
• Skills – negotiation; communication; assertiveness; care for self and others; personal skills; managing emotions and relationships; problem-solving skills; decision-making skills.
• Knowledge – emotions and relationships, puberty; the mechanics of sex including biological aspects; fertility and reproduction; contraception and sexual health; information about sexual orientation, sexuality, gender reassignment, the avoidance of unplanned pregnancies, reasons for delaying sexual activity.
A broad and balanced programme of Sex and Relationship Education will respect individual differences – inspired by cultural, religious and familial background. It will seek to promote those values, which respect human life and dignity.