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Governors’ Policy Statement on Sex and Relationships Education – Ambergate School
Not adopted: March 2018 by P&C Committee
To be reviewed: Once Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE Government policy is published
Sex and Relationships Education 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.’ (DfEE ‘Sex and Relationships Guidance’ 2000)
Sex and Relationships Education includes such concepts as growing and changing, the life cycle, puberty and reproduction. It is also about emotions, relationships and responsibilities and how we care for each other.
Sex and Relationships Education aims to help children understand their own bodies, how they are growing and changing and how they will change in the future.
It aims to enhance the emotional and social development of children and the abilities to seek help and help others.
It aims to develop a sense of mutual respect and care for others.
It also aims to develop skills in communication, risk assessment, decision making, assertiveness and conflict management.
Where and how it will be taught:
Sex and Relationships Education is delivered through Personal Health and Social Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Science. It is gradually developed through the age range 5-11years.
The class teacher is responsible for the work although the school nurse may also be involved from time to time, working closely with the class teacher.
The work is usually integrated into class work. However, occasionally girls and boys might work in separate groups (e.g. when girls look in detail at personal hygiene related to menstruation.)
There will be a question box available for children to put any questions they have, anonymously. The teacher can select appropriate questions and answer them in an informative and sensitive manner.
The children will usually study Human Sex and Relationships Education and puberty in Year 6.
The scheme of work for year 6 children can be seen in Annex 1.
A series of lessons will be undertaken with. Those parents wishing to withdraw their child from these sessions have the right to do so.
The governors believe that all children are entitled to appropriate and responsible health, and sex and relationships education. The headteacher and governors are always available to discuss any concerns with parents.