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Sex and Relationship Education Policy

POLICY FOR SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION

 

Philosophy.

 

St. Peter's School is a Church of England Primary school found just outside the town centre of Chorley, Lancashire. It has approximately 300 pupils, with a one and a half form entry throughout the school. 17% of the school population is on the register for Special Educational needs, and 14% of the pupil population is entitled to free school meals (needs to be checked for most recent data).

 

At St. Peter's pupils’ personal, social and emotional development are supported, alongside their educational development in a highly positive school ethos. Each individual is valued and there is a safe, secure school environment which is conducive to learning, personal growth and development. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, Christian commitment and sensitivity, working in conjunction with the family and the wider community.

 

At St. Peter’s, sex education will be rooted in the Christian faith and in the school’s perception of the needs of the children, where individuals are respected and valued on an equal basis. Our pupils come from varied social backgrounds, differing faiths, and both single and dual families. There are several churches in this area, attended by some families and not by others. This diversity is respected. The Sex and Relationship education (SRE) programme provided at our school will promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and of society; preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

 

Aims for the programme.

 

Pupils will be taught from an early age to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. They will be given accurate information which will enable them to understand difference and help remove prejudice.

 

Traditional Christian marriage will be promoted as the fundamental building block for society and of family life and as the proper context for the nurture of children.

 

Life-long human friendships will be discussed, and children will learn that they are an important gift and should be honoured and cherished.

 

The school’s scheme: Responsibility and content.

 

SRE is organized and monitored by the PSHE co-ordinator

 

It will be delivered through discreet teaching time and through the statutory programme of study for science in KS1 and 2.

 

The scheme contains factual information that will be accurately and sensitively transmitted. A range of reference works, video and other visual material is used to provide variety and balance.

 

Boys and girls will be taught together except where there are particular reasons for their separations. The school considers it important for both sexes to begin the long endeavor to understand each other’s needs.

 

Sensitive issues requiring special consideration.

 

At St. Peter’s one of the aims is for our SRE programme to allow children to talk honestly and openly, however we will also respect their pace of maturation and as such the following issues will not be delivered in this programme:

  • Homosexual relationships – but we acknowledge they exist and are part of our community. Homophobic bullying will be subject to the terms and conditions laid out in the anti-bullying policy, and thus will be explained to the children as unacceptable.
  • Sexually transmitted Infections – there will be no direct teaching on this subject. However, we will highlight to the children that they exist outside monogamous marriages.
  • Masturbation – we will acknowledge that this exists but will not discuss it with the children.
  • HIV/AIDS – there will be no direct teaching on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, however the teacher may give factual answers to children’s questions, taking account of age, maturity and background.
  • Contraception – it will be discussed in the terms of a family planning technique within marriage. Different methods of contraception will be named.
  • Teenage pregnancy will be discussed fully, with the aim of helping to reduce the numbers of children who become pregnant. Ambition will be identified as one of the best methods of contraception.

 

Sensitive issues, such as those highlighted and others will be dealt with in accordance with DfES guidance on ‘classroom ground rules’ (p22,23) see attached (ref: DfES SRE guidance July 2000).

 

Topics which will not be taught.

 

At St. Peter’s we will not teach about, or answer questions on rape, oral sex, exploitative or violent sexual practices, incest, abortion, prostitution  or about forms of sexual intercourse  or foreplay.

 

If a child asks a question on any topic listed as not to be taught or discussed, teachers will explain that this is a matter not to be dealt with by the school and that the child should consult his or her parents or guardians for an answer. All teachers will give such an answer in the same way, to all children regarding all issues not to be taught or discussed, using the phrase, “We cannot answer that question for you, but ask you to ask an adult at home”. This is in keeping with the ‘classroom ground rules’ practice.

 

Staffing

 

The school’s staffing policy is to appoint staff with a Christian commitment and that class teachers will deliver the SRE programme. Training will be appropriate. If outside agencies are to be used to support the delivery of the programme, they will be suitably experienced and qualified with the appropriate clearance to work with children. They will also work within the guidelines an policies here at St. Peter’s.

 

Resources:

 

Body Boards (owned by the school nursing team)

Boys and Girls puberty leaflet (Chorley and South ribble NHS) attached.

SRE project loan (PSHE team at LPDS)

Internet (teacher led sites only)

 

 

 

Right of withdrawal

 

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any part of the SRE programme except for those parts which are required by the National Curriculum science orders.

We ask that any parents who are considering this action to meet with the Head teacher first to discuss what such a decision may involve for their child, and to be aware that although a child may be withdrawn from a lesson they will still be with their peers at other times of the day and conversations cannot be monitored.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation

 

This policy will be reviewed biennially by the PSHE/SRE co-ordinator. Resources used will be evaluated for their usefulness and effectiveness by staff delivering the programme, and feedback will be taken from the children also.

 

 

Appendices

 

Learning outcomes (OfSted report for SRE programme outcomes)

Section 4 of 2000 SRE report (p22and 23)

 ‘School resonsibilities’ - for SRE (DfES report)

Boys and Girls growing up (leaflet from PCT)

SRE and Parents booklet (DfES)

Scheme and Objectives

 

 

Content

Learning outcomes (K,S,A) and links to the PSHE, SEAL, Science and QCA frameworks.

 Building self esteem

Pupils should be able to:

  • Show self confidence in a wide range of settings
  • Recognise their own worth
  • Feel good about themselves
  • (Y3/4) understand that privacy is a natural requirement for all.

(KS2 PSHE 1b, Seal Theme 5)

How our bodies are changing

Pupils should be able to:

  • Identify the changes at puberty and use the correct terminology
  • Understand why these changes occur
  • Talk about ways of coping with these changes
  • Understand the differences between girls and boys and their changes
  • Identify common issues for girls and boys and talk about them

(KS2 Sc2, 1a, 2f,  KS2 PSHE 3c,  QCA PSHE unit 5

QCA Sc Unit 5B).

How emotions change during puberty

Pupils should be able to:

  • Recognise their changing emotions
  • Understand the role of hormones in mood swings
  • Recognise that others have the same and different feelings to themselves during these times, that is ok to feel different and to talk about it.
  • Consider how they feel about their growing and developing body
  • (KS2 PSHE 1d, 3c, 4a)

Sexual intercourse and contraception

Pupils should be able to:

  • Identify the main stages of reproductions and the human lifecycle

(KS2 SC2 1a, 1b, 2f, KS2 PSHE 4f)

Giving birth and parenting

Pupils should be able to:

  • Understand that their actions have consequences
  • Anticipate results and adjust behaviour accordingly, realising the responsibility of looking after a baby.

Seeking help and advice

Pupils should be able to:

Identify people they can ask for help and places they can go for help.

Keeping safe

Pupils should be able to:

  • Understand how to keep safe
  • Identify hazards
  • Know basic safety rules (and it is suggested that they should know basic first aid).
  • Understand the basic routes of infection and of how infections are transmitted
  • Gain basic knowledge of contraception
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