Sex and Relationships Education Policy

Approved by the Board of Directors: 11 October 2016

To be reviewed by Curriculum Committee: Autumn Term 2019

This policy is based on the “Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) Policy Guidance for Church of England Schools” published by the Diocese of Chichester in May 2011.

This policy reflects the Christian ethos of Bishop Luffa School – it reflects the Christian beliefs, values and attitudes of the school community with an emphasis on the importance of marriage, the family and stable relationships to build a child’s self-esteem, self-awareness and a sense of moral responsibility. The policy also reflects the school’s vision as a church school which permeates the life and work of the school.

The three main elements of our SRE are:

Attitudes and values:
• Learning the importance of values, individual conscience and moral considerations
• Learning the value of family life, marriage and stable and loving relationships for the nurture of children
• Learning the value of respect, love and care
• Exploring, considering and understanding moral dilemmas
• Developing critical thinking as part of decision making

Personal and Social skills:
• Learning to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively
• Developing self-respect and empathy for others
• Learning to make choices based on an understanding of difference and with an absence of prejudice
• Developing an appreciation of the consequences of choices made
• Managing conflict
• Learning how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse

Knowledge and understanding:
• Learning and understanding physical development at appropriate stages
• Understanding human sexuality, reproduction, sexual health, emotions and relationships
• Learning about contraception and the range of local and national sexual health advice, contraception and support services
• Learning the reasons for delaying sexual activity, and the benefits to be gained from such delay
• The avoidance of an unplanned pregnancy

The teaching programme, which relates to these, is as follows:

Year 7 Science
  • Structure and function of the reproductive system
  • Puberty and birth

(the Head of Science will send a letter home to parents so that they can support our work)

P4C

Focus on Expectations at Bishop Luffa, including

  • Friendships
  • Puberty
  • Internet Safety
  • Challenging Homophobia
Year 8 P4C
  • Puberty and its emotional and social pressures
  • Sexuality
  • The law in relation to sexual activity
Year 9 RE Exploring difference: Challenging Prejudice Unit
P4C
  • Teenage sex and relationships
  • Contraception - Part 1
  • e-safety including sexually explicit material
Year 10 RE GCSE Specification- Unit on Issues of relationships including focus on
  • Nature and purpose of relationships/marriage/sex
  • Use of contraception
  • Attitudes to same sex relationships
  • Issues of equality: gender prejudice and discrimination
GCSE Specification- Unit on Issues of Life and Death, including focus on Abortion
GCSE Specification- Unit on Issues of Human rights including focus on Prejudice and Discrimination
P4C
  • Contraception - Part 2
  • STIs, including HIV/AIDS
  • Dangers of sexting
  • Female Genital Mutilation
Year 11 RE 2016/17 Legacy GCSE specification Unit on Religion and Medicine including focus on Abortion
2017/18 Revision of themes explored in Year 10 above
Biology Pregnancy termination in context of choices available to families after genetic testing during pregnancy
P4C
  • STIs
  • Age of consent
  • Sexual assault
  • Relationships and break-ups
  • Pornography
Year 12 P4C STIs, contraception and sexual health
Year 13 P4C STIs, contraception and sexual health

NB: Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the SRE provided by the school, except for those parts included in the National Curriculum. If parents/carers want to exercise this right, they should discuss this with their child’s Head of House. We will make alternative arrangements for the child in such cases.

Reviewed by the Directors’ Curriculum Committee on 27 September 2016.
Approved by the Board of Directors on 11 October 2016.