Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

3 Elements of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

1) Attitudes and Values

  • learning the importance of values and individual conscience and moral considerations;
  • learning the value of family life, marriage, and stable and loving relationships. This includes same sex relationships;
  • learning the value of respect, love and care for all;
  • exploring, considering and understanding moral dilemmas and prejudice; and developing critical thinking as part of decision-making

2) 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; and
  • learning how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse.

3) 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 unplanned pregnancy


 A good SRE Programme will:

  • Develop children’s confidence.
  • Give children some experience of decision making.
  • Encourage children to share their ideas and to develop knowledge of self.
  • Encourage children to evaluate their own work / lifestyles and those of others.
  • Explore children’s attitudes / emotions.
  • Develop children’s ability to cope with success and failure.
  • Develop open – mindedness in children.
  • Encourage children to make informed choices.
  • Encourage children to learn by active learning.
  • Enable children to have respect for themselves
  • Encourage children to have respect for others and have knowledge of them in terms of gender / race / sexuality / culture.
  • Enable children to understand self-control.
  • Develop children’s listening skills.
  • Encourage children to learn in groups.
  • Develop skills enabling children to participate in community and social groups.
  • Build on children’s enthusiasm to participate.
  • Stimulate children to ask questions.
  • Encourage children to gain knowledge.
  • Encourage children to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.

Primary School SRE Summary of Expectations

  • SRE should form part of the PSHE curriculum, as this will ensure that pupils:
    • Receive their SRE in the wider context of relationships
    • Are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
  • Schools have a SRE programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of children
  • All children should learn about the emotional and physical changes of puberty before onset
  • SRE must take moral, sexuality  & cultural considerations and the value of family life into account
  • Must ensure that SRE is done within a clear values framework
  • Must prepare pupils for the roles, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
  • Must ensure all aspects of SRE in the Science National Curriculum is taught.

Parents/carers Right to Withdraw their Children

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex and relationship education provided at school except for those parts included in the statutory National Curriculum and issues covered by the Equality Act.

Parents have the right to view the material before their child is shown and we have a meeting with parents/carers before anything is taught . We request that the parents/carers write to the Principal and agree to meet him to discuss this further. We will make arrangements to accommodate parental wishes on the understanding that we cannot govern conversations between children in their break times.