Sex and Relationships Education Policy
Pleckgate recognises the importance that SRE can play in contributing to the development of healthy young people and this policy is designed to ensure that our pupils have access to all the teaching and resources that are required to enable them to make prudent judgements about sex and relationships.
Definition of Sex and Relationship Education
SRE is “lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health.” (SRE Guidance, DfEE 0116/2000, para. 9 page 5) It is also about the development of the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of himself/herself as a sexual being, about what it means to be fully human, called to live in a right relationship with oneself, others and being enabled to make moral decisions according to an informed conscience.
“The objective of SRE is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. A successful programme, firmly embedded in PSHE, will help young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood through adolescence into adulthood.” (DfEE document, p.3, para.2)
The school will aim to:
- Foster self-esteem, self-awareness and a sense of personal moral responsibility
- Encourage self-respect and consideration for others
- Help develop skills in communication, decision-making and assertiveness
- Prepare students to avoid unnecessary risks and dangers
The school will endeavour to deliver sex and relationship education within a moral and values framework. This will be done through:
- Promotion of abstinence before the age of consent
- Promotion of committed relationships and the value of family life
- Teaching self-respect, dignity, self‐restraint and respect for others
- Promotion of tolerance of all types of relationships, religions and personal views
- Encourage pupils to reflect on their own relationships in order to develop an understanding of themselves, their sexuality and that of others so that their attitudes in relation to sexual activity are caring and responsible.
- Ensure that pupils appreciate the benefits of stable married life and the responsibilities of parenthood.
- Help pupils recognise the physical, emotional and moral risks of casual and promiscuous sexual behaviour
- Present biological facts in an objective and balanced manner and to use appropriate terminology to enable pupils to discuss issues without embarrassment or fear of ridicule.
- Develop an awareness of an individual’s legal responsibilities in relation to sexual behaviour.
- Ensure other models of family and relationships are recognised and understood.
- Using up to date information and resources
- Ensuring staff are confident in delivering sex education and using specialists to deliver areas of the curriculum where appropriate
- Regular reviewing of the SRE programme to ensure it meets the needs of students
- Provision of additional support for targeted students
Roles and Responsibilities
Governors: in accordance with Section 404 of the Education Act of 1996 the governing body will keep the school’s policy for SRE up to date, in consultation with parents and will make copies of the policy available to them. We will make known to parents their right under Section 405 of the 1996 Act to withdraw their children from all or part of SRE provided at school except for those parts included in the statutory National Curriculum.
- Deputy Head Teacher (line manager of SRE): To enable an annual evaluation of SRE within the school ensuring a clear strategy for advice and guidance, this is appropriately resourced and meets the school’s legal requirements
- PSHE Coordinator: to ensure that the school maintains its high level of SRE provision for all pupils at all times overseeing tutors/heads of department and external agencies ensuring SRE is delivered. This includes, planning and implementation of SRE throughout the school, supporting teachers in the delivery of SRE, managing SRE resources and leading a partnership approach with outside agencies.
- Teachers: all teachers have a responsibility of care; as well as fostering academic progress they should actively contribute to the guardianship and guidance of the physical, moral and spiritual well‐being of their pupils. Teachers will be expected to teach SRE. Appropriate training will be made available for all staff teaching SRE.
- Pupils: all pupils should be willing to listen and ask questions whilst being aware that a variety of other views exist regarding moral issues related to SRE. They will be expected to have a concern for, and accept responsibility for, his/her knowledge and understanding of his/her sexual development.
- The Wider Community: the school will make appropriate use of external agencies and their personnel. All outside speakers and visiting agencies will meet with PSHE Co-ordinator to discuss content and delivery of sex education related to topics. They will be made aware of School’s Sex and Relationship Education policy and be expected to work within it. Visiting speakers will always be seen as a way of enhancing the programme not as a substitute for it.
- Parents: recognising that parents are the primary educators of their children, the school will seek to support them in this task. We will ensure that parents are kept informed of SRE within Pleckgate, and of our expectations of their children. Any parents wishing to withdraw their child from the sex education programme should write to the Head Teacher clearly stating their case and a meeting will be arranged with the PHSE Co-ordinator to discuss the issues.
SRE will be taught as part of the Science and RE curricula. It will also be enhanced through super learning days. For pupils who are absent during these days catch up sessions will be provided.
The school will follow the guidance offered in Chapter 7 of the DFE Sex and Relationship Education Guidance 2000 Document (p.30) for dealing with sensitive questions and for offering appropriate confidentiality (with the exception of point 7.11 bullet point 3). We will ensure that all involved in the delivery of SRE are familiar with their legal and professional responsibilities.
Students will be made aware that some information cannot be held confidential and will be made to understand that certain disclosures will need to be acted upon. Students will, however, be offered sensitive and appropriate support. The following procedures will be adhered to by all adults:
a) Disclosure or suspicion of possible abuse – the School’s child protection procedure will be followed. (See relevant policy)
b) Disclosure of pregnancy or advice on contraception – the School will at all times put the student first and offer support but the following procedures will be followed:
i. encourage the students to talk to their parents
ii. offer help in talking to their parents
iii. give appropriate information on sources of confidential advice and treatment
iv. seek professional information and guidance from health professional
v. inform another member of staff
Any complaints about the sex education curriculum should be made to the Head Teacher who will report to the governors.