Sex and Relationship Education Policy

The Governing Body has adopted the guidance offered by the LEA and QCA in its approach to Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). This policy operates in conjunction with the THS CWL policy.

Sex and Relationships Education provides opportunities for all pupils to develop the skills, attitudes and understandings to be confident, caring, healthy young people and adults who understand their responsibilities, have the skills to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally, and seek appropriate help and advice. Objectives here should broaden and deepen those in earlier years.

Our school aims and values underpin the ways in which we ensure a whole school approach to provide an effective taught curriculum for all our pupils and a sensitive response to pastoral issues.

AIMS

i. provide an effective SRE programme which meets the needs of all our pupils;
ii. provide opportunities for all children to understand themselves within the wider context of physical and emotional changes and to equip them with the skills and understandings to be confident with their own sexuality.

OBJECTIVES

Attitudes, values and qualities:

– develop a positive self-esteem and self-worth and feel good about themselves;
– respect diversity and challenge discrimination;
– feel confident about making new relationships and maintaining friendships;
– explore a range of attitudes and values relating to SRE issues.

Personal and social skills:
– recognise and be able to manage feelings and emotions;
– be able to put forward a point of view clearly and be able to listen to others;
– develop problem solving and decision making skills and the ability to make informed choices;
– develop the skills of assertion and negotiation and so be able to avoid being pressured into having sex  or unprotected sex.

Knowledge and understanding:
– understand how their attitudes and behaviour affect others
– understand the different types of friendships, including sexual relationships;
– understand about consequences and take responsibility for their own behaviour and safety, particularly  in terms of sexual activity;
– understand about conception and about choices in terms of sexual activity;
– understand how to keep themselves and their partners safe;
– know how and where to access confidential support and advice.

ORGANISATION

– Designated SRE topics are delivered as part of the CWL programme. Careers, Well-Being and Life Skills  (CWL) teachers and other relevant staff are involved in delivering SRE appropriate to the Key Stage and year group in which they are working. SRE is also delivered through the Science curriculum and    Pastoral Programme
– Staff training – the school actively encourages staff development and training is made available for SRE where appropriate
– As in all areas of the curriculum, teachers will use a variety of teaching methods and approaches including discussion, project learning, video, circle time, group work, drama and role play.
– In general, pupils will be taught in mixed gender classes, although on occasion activities may be organised in single gender groupings to enable the pupils to focus on specific issues.

A POLICY STATEMENT ON CONFIDENTIALITY

Teachers cannot offer unconditional confidentiality. We believe our pupils need to be aware of this and understand the issues involved. It is our aim to support all our pupils through effective procedures.

Staff are aware that pupils sometimes share information of a confidential nature and understand and value the importance of their role. Staff will treat every confidence in a sensitive way so that the pupil feels supported. However, both pupils and staff understand that there are some instances where confidences will have to be shared with others in order to protect and support the pupil. For example, if a child makes reference to being involved, or likely to be involved in sexual activity, this will be dealt with through the school’s Child Protection Procedures, which are in line with the Borough’s ACPC Procedures.

A STATEMENT ABOUT HOW TEACHERS WILL ANSWER SOME SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

It is our aim that pupils feel confident and comfortable when asking questions both in class and around school. In most cases, children’s questions will be answered openly and honestly. However, on occasion, pupils may ask questions that are not appropriate i.e. questions about a teacher’s personal life or of a sensitive nature.

Teachers will develop a supportive climate in their classroom, with clearly defined ways of working and the appropriate language to use. Some questions may need to be answered on an individual basis and some may require a measured response appropriate to the maturity and level of understanding of the child. In some instances certain questions will require parental involvement.

WORKING WITH PARENTS

This CRE policy and THS Careers, Well Being and Life Issues (CWL) policy and programme is available to all parents.
The school acknowledges the right of parents/carers to withdraw their children from those aspects of the SRE programme not included in the NC science. The school encourage all parents who have concerns to discuss these with the school.

SELF REVIEW, MONITORING AND EVALUATION

The school is committed to delivering effective SRE for its pupils and recognises the value and importance of monitoring and evaluating the provision of SRE and the way in which all individuals are supported. The school has established an on going process of monitoring the SRE programming in line with school quality assurance and monitoring systems (pupils are involved in this process).

This policy will be reviewed on a two yearly basis.

December 2013