Sex & Relationships Education

Our Sex and Relationships Education Programme takes place in both Biology and PDC lessons. It is a cumulative course, with materials being introduced at relevant stages of students’ development. It develops during the five years of compulsory secondary education. Much of what is covered is a statutory part of the National Curriculum.

An outline of what is included and the aims behind it are included below:

Principles

That young people are entitled to responsible and relevant sex education as a key element of personal and social education

That successful adulthood includes understanding and responsible use of sexuality

Aims

To promote understanding of sexual attitudes and behaviour

To assist the development of informed, reasoned and responsible decisions

To develop self-esteem and self-confidence in young people as the foundation for responsible and caring relationships

To ensure knowledge of the relevant law

To help young people to be positive and confident about the physical, emotional and more aspects of sexual maturity

Objectives

To provide knowledge and understanding about male and female puberty, menstruation, the physiology of sex, contraception, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Exploration of moral values/family values, gender roles and stereotyping

To provide an opportunity for students to examine their own and others attitudes to sexual activity and related issues

To promote an awareness of the pressure on young people to behave in a certain way and to help to improve assertiveness and give them the confidence to cope with such pressure

To further develop personal skills and qualities: i.e. listening, questioning, communicating, standpoint taking, valuing the opinions of others, empathising, Etc

Practice

In curriculum areas and the tutorial programme, content and methods are designed to be appropriate to the age and general development of students in the group and to be sensitive to

religious beliefs and cultural practices

Through outside agencies, I.e Theatre in Education may be involved when the quality of the learning outcome and resources allow, experts whose quality and suitability is known

A copy of the Governors’ updated Policy on Sex Education is available from the Policies section of this website, as are copies of all Governors’ Policies.

Should you have any further questions about this aspect of your child’s education, please contact their Tutor or Director of Learning.