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Relationships and Sex Education Policy

Sex and relationship policies in schools are partly governed by statutory requirements and government guidance (which is not statutory but which governors are expected to consider) and partly defined by the school community itself, reflecting the school values and ethos. St Saviour’s and St Olave’s sex and relationship education policy is rooted in Christian values and reflects the diverse and inclusive nature of the school.

Legislative requirements

The 1996 Education Act states:

  • The RSE aspects in the NC Science Orders are mandatory
  • All schools must have an up to date policy which describes the content and organisation outside the statutory requirements. It is the governor’s responsibility to ensure the policy is written and made available to parents
  • Secondary schools are required to provide education about HIV and Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Guidance from the DfEE (0116/2000) on Sex and Relationship Education is supported by legislation in the Learning and Skills Act (2000) which requires that:
  • Young people learn about the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and bringing up of children
  • Young people are protected from teaching materials which are inappropriate, taking account of the age, religious background and cultural background of pupils
  • Governing bodies have regard to the RSE guidance.

RSE and the new Ofsted framework

Inspectors must judge and report on the quality of education provided in the school, its overall effectiveness.

In reporting, inspectors must also consider:

  • The pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development at the school and the extent to which the education provided by the school meets the needs of the range of pupils at the school, and in particular the needs of disabled pupils and pupils who have special educational needs.

A definition of RSE

Sex education is a dynamic process involving dialogue at school, at home and in the community. It recognises that parents, peers, the churches and the media are influential in the formation of attitudes and values of young people. School, however has an important role to play in developing attitudes that lead to informed responsible decision making.

All pupils need to be given guidance about growing up and forming relationships. This can be achieved through a continuous and developmental sex education programme, which takes into account and affirms Christian ideals. Dated: April 2013 Reviewed: The governing body will review the policy every 2 years Additional: This policy should be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Policy

How RSE is provided and who is responsible

The sex education programme is provided within the personal, social, health and citizenship provision at all Key Stages and is mindful of Christian values and the diverse and inclusive nature of the school. It includes topics such as puberty, sex and contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.

It seeks to promote:

  • Healthy life styles
  • Self-esteem and self-respect
  • Appropriate skills and attitudes

Aspects of RSE are also covered in a number of other subjects e.g. Religious Studies and Science.

Under the direction of the Headteacher and in consultation with staff and governors, the Head of PSHCE, alongside the Directors of Learning for each of the Key Stages, is responsible for drawing up the programme for RSE and for monitoring and evaluating it. The quality of carefully selected external providers is rigorously guaranteed by regular observations of their services, to ensure that their provision is in keeping with the Christian ethos of the school.

Our sex education programmes of study aim to

  • Support students to form healthy relationships, be happy, safe and confident with the ability to make positive contributions to society;
  • Stress the importance that sexual activity is within a loving, honest and caring relationship and that in the context of human relationships, sexuality is valued as part of God’s good creation;
  • Affirm the Christian ideals and purposes of marriage and the value of family life;
  • Ensure that all teaching respects the religion, culture and moral viewpoints of pupils, parents and staff and assists students to recognise that people are of equal value in the eyes of God regardless of their age, gender, race, colour, health, mental and physical ability, sexual orientation or social or cultural background;
  • Clearly explain the full dimensions of parenting and the responsibilities involved which any sexual relationship may bring;
  • Through sound teaching and discussion, help pupils to make decisions about their relationships in the context of a world where risks and pressures are extreme and differing values are promoted for a variety of motives;
  • Create an awareness of the issues which may arise from such teaching and learning, e.g. sexual abuse, HIV etc.

Monitoring and evaluation of RSE

The RSE policy and programme will be planned and monitored, both for appropriateness for the various stages of pupils’ development and for opportunities to allow pupils to raise issues or questions in an informal setting. Feedback from staff, students and parents will assist evaluation and inform future planning of RSE.  

RSE and parents including right of withdrawal.

Relationship and sex education takes place as a shared responsibility with parents/carers and therefore parents should feel able to contact the school about a matter which concerns them. The school will also take steps to inform parents and carers in appropriate ways about the provision and arrangements for the RSE for their daughters.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from non-statutory aspects of RSE.

Dated: October 2019

Reviewed: The governing body will review the policy every 2 years

Additional: This policy should be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Policy, Section 3.11.