Sex and Relationships Policy

TREDWORTH JUNIOR SCHOOL

SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION (SrE) POLICY

 

Introduction

 

This policy outlines the teaching, organisation and management of sRe taught and learnt at Tredworth Junior School. 

 

The policy has been drawn up as a result of staff discussion and has the full agreement of the Governing Body.  The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all teaching staff.  The responsibility for monitoring and review rests with the PSHCE/sRe Champion/Curriculum Manager (Victoria Mills) and the Curriculum Lead (Paul Reedman).  This document has been written in accordance with the DfE guidance document 'Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (ref DfE 0116/2000).

 

Purpose

 

Sex and relationship education should contribute to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and of society and preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. 

 

What is sex and relationship education?

 

It is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development.  It is about the understanding of 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.  It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity - this would be inappropriate teaching. 

 

Through our teaching of sRe we aim to ensure pupils:

  • develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships; are able to name parts of the body and describe how their bodies work;
  • can protect themselves and ask for help and support;
  • are prepared for puberty.

 

How is sRe provided?

 

Pupils need to be given accurate information and helped to develop skills to enable them to understand difference and respect themselves and others and for the purpose also of preventing and removing prejudice.

 

A planned, progressive programme of sRe gradually and appropriately begins to prepare our children for adult life.  It teaches the skills they need to fully manage the natural physical and emotional changes that will happen to them as they grow and mature into healthy, confident and responsible adults.

 

In line with national recommendations, sRe at Tredworth will be delivered through the PHSE, Science and SEAL frameworks.  sRe is taught to each year group. 

 

sRe at Tredworth will cover the following areas:

 

Attitudes and Values

Learning about the values of family life and stable relationships

Learning the value of respect, love and care

Exploring, considering and understanding moral dilemmas

 

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 understanding of differences and with the absence of prejudice

Providing opportunities for young people to develop the ability to understand the consequences of their decisions and actions

To manage conflict

 

Knowledge and Understanding

Information about healthier, safer lifestyles

Physical development

Emotions, relationships and reproduction.

 

Pupils at Tredworth will also develop their sensitivity and tolerance towards others through: RE and collective worship, Circle Time and the SEAL Framework

 

Sex and relationship education is usually delivered in mixed gender groups.  However, there may be occasions where single gender groups are more appropriate and relevant

 

SRE and the Science Curriculum

SRE will be taught along the current Science curriculum.  Parents do not have the right to withdraw their child/children from these lessons.

 

Inclusion/Equal Opportunities of All Pupils

 

In line with our Equality Statement and Inclusion Policy we are committed to providing a teaching environment conducive to learning.  Each child is valued, respected and challenged regardless of race, gender, religion, social background, culture or disability.

 

Confidentiality and Child Protection

 

SRE will take place in a secure and supportive environment however the children will be made aware that teachers cannot offer unconditional confidentiality.  All staff involved in delivering and supporting SRE should be alert to the signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation.  The school has a separate Child Protection Policy.  Effective SRE may bring about disclosures of child protection issues and staff should be aware of the procedures for reporting their concerns. 

 

Review and Monitoring

 

The Sex and Relationships Education Policy is reviewed every two years by governors  The sRe programme is monitored by the PSHE/sRe Chamption (Victoria Mills).

 

Monitoring and Evaluation 

 

To monitor and evaluate sRe - the PSHCE/sRe Chamption, the Curriculum Manager and the Curriculum Lead:

  • Support teachers via co-planning, team teaching, observing / giving feedback
  • Monitor teachers' medium term planning
  • Hold agreement trials to further develop the assessment portfolio
  • Reviews resource provision
  • Works co-operatively with the SENCo
  • Discusses regularly with the headteacher and (if applicable) the sRe governor, the progress with implementing this policy in the school

 

September 2013