Sex & Relationship Education (SRE) is concerned with the overall growth and development of the individual and is therefore seen as an integral part of the PSHE & Citizenship curriculum.
Three Ways School values the role parents play in helping their children to cope with emotional and physical aspects of growing up and in preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities which come with sexual maturity. Three Ways school seeks to complement and support the role of parents whilst recognising the difficult issues surrounding sexuality for young people with special needs. Parents are consulted regarding the curriculum content that is to be delivered and discussions are welcome.
Pupils are taught in groups according to maturity, with due regard for moral considerations and values of the family and community. Three Ways staff deliver SRE in consultation with the School Nurses. Occasionally, other outside agencies may present particular aspects of SRE in order to offer a broader perspective. Sensitive issues are presented in a broad and balanced way, free from sensationalism and personal bias.
This policy has been developed in consultation with parents and pupils.
RIGHTS To enable pupils to:
- understand themselves better and to encourage independence
- protect themselves against sexual abuse & exploitation
- understand their rights to sexual expression within the law
- Identify sources of appropriate information and facilities for personal support.
RESPONSIBILITIES For pupils to develop:
- awareness of the link between rights and responsibilities
- informed choices & decisions
RESPECT To develop mutual and self-respect
RISK To develop an individual knowledge & understanding of the risks involved in particular behaviours, including internet use in this context.
The SRE component of the PSHE & Citizenship scheme of work is identified under the heading “Developing a Healthy, Safer Lifestyle” and is based around a modular programme, incorporating National guidelines. It is supported by all components of the PSHE & Citizenship topic and the underlying philosophy embedded in the values and attitudes upheld in Three Ways.
Discrete SRE is delivered from Year 6 – 11 by the class teacher using the school overview and supported by the school nurses. These modules remain a working document commensurate with the specific needs of the current group. Some aspects will be taught in single gender groups as appropriate.
Assessment, Recording, Reporting
Teachers will look for understanding in relation to maturity and build on previous experiences. Assessments will be made in discussion with the pupils themselves.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the SRE curriculum; however the school would strongly recommend that all pupils have access to these modules and staff are happy to discuss any details with parents.
SRE is addressed in 6th Form PSHE sessions following the AQA Unit Award Scheme. The school nurse supports the curriculum where required in 6th Form.
Parents are kept informed of the content of the SRE curriculum. Children’s individual needs will not be discussed in a classroom setting, fictitious examples are used. School nurses are instructed by their code of practice to maintain confidentiality (unless there is a child protection issue).
During SRE sessions a ‘private’ sign will be placed on the classroom door indicating the importance of confidentiality to pupils. Teachers maintain confidentiality (unless there is a child protection issue).
Child Protection Procedures
Three Ways Child Protection policies and procedures are in a separate document. The following procedure relates to issues that may arise from SRE lessons following the recommendations in ‘Safeguarding Children in Education 2004’.
Confidentiality- If a child/ young person confides in a member of staff and requests that the information is kept secret, the member of staff will explain to the child/ young person that any information that will protect the child from harm will be passed on to the relevant agencies.
If a child discloses information or displays behaviour that may cause the member of staff concern, the Member of staff will inform the Headteacher who will initially discuss with parents (unless it would put the child at risk to do so).
Once parents have discussed the issues with the Headteacher she will make a decision, preferably in collaboration, as to seeking advice from Social Services or other appropriate agencies.