SEX EDUCATION POLICY
The Philosophy of the School
At Britannia Village Primary School we aim to provide a stimulating and caring environment in which 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.
In support of the equal opportunities policy all pupils at Britannia Village Primary School, regardless of age, ability, sex or race will have the same opportunities to benefit from the sex education resources and teaching methods.
Definition of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
Sex and Relationship education is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, family life, respect, love and care.
It is also about the teaching of safe sex and sexual health.
Aims and Objectives of the Policy
Content Headings for School Sex Education Programme
Governors and teaching staff will take particular care to ensure that the teaching materials used will be of a very high quality and that they, and the aspects of the topics covered, will be appropriate to the needs and ages of the pupils at Britannia Village Primary School, within the context of moral considerations and the value of family life.
The content outline is as follows:
Family life Loving, caring and supportive relationships and family life. Information about the wider range of family patterns. (YN-Y6)
The human body Biological information about the human body and sexual organs. The use of proper terminology. (YR-Y6)
Reproduction Conception, pregnancy, birth, childcare and
Parenthood at KS1 and lower KS2 in the context of animal life cycles.
Y5 and Y6 will include human life cycles.
Human development Childhood and ageing, puberty and adulthood to include hygiene. (YR-Y6)
Risks Stranger danger, saying no, making your own decisions about your body, touches you don’t like, etc. (YR-Y6)
Unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) as well as HIV and AIDS (Y6)
Organisation of School Sex Education
Who Will Teach It?
All teaching staff will teach the factual content in the context of science and PHSE. Teachers will answer children’s direct questions in an open and factual way appropriate to the age of the child. Teachers will not enter into discussions about personal issues and lifestyles. Staff will seek support from the school nurse if the need arises.
All staff are aware of child protection procedures.
Resources and Criteria Used for their Selection
All resources will be chosen by the Sex Education Coordinator in consultation with teachers and governors. Advice will be taken from area advisers etc. Parents’ comments will be taken into consideration.
Procedures for Reviewing the Effectiveness of the Programme
Staff and governors will review the Sex Education Policy triennially. Parents comments will be considered at each review.
Child Withdrawal Procedures
Sex education at Britannia Village is taught across the curriculum and it is not possible to separate out all of the sex education lessons. There will however be occasional specific lessons where health or welfare professionals will be invited to address the children in the presence of the class teacher. Notification will always be sent to parents in advance of such lessons informing them of their right to withdraw their child should they so wish as well as the opportunity to attend a meeting with Y6 parents and teachers. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from the lesson, arrangements will be made for the child to be assigned to another class for the duration of the session.
Dissemination of the policy
This policy should be read in conjunction with other curriculum statements or policies (Science and PHSCE).
This policy was reviewed and approved by Governors on: Wednesday 21st May. 6:00pm
Review date: 2017