Sex and Relationships Education
Sex and relationships 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.
The sex and relationships education policy at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s reflects the school’s Christian values and ethos whilst taking into account statutory requirements and government guidance.
The sex education programme is part of the personal, social, health and citizenship provision. As well as teaching about puberty, sex, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases it promotes
- Healthy life styles
- Self-esteem and self-respect
- Appropriate skills and attitudes
To support students to form healthy relationships, be happy, safe and confident with the ability to make positive contributions to society our sex education programme aims to
- 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 students, parents and staff and assists students to recognise that people are of equal value in the eyes of God regardless of the 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 students 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.
The SRE policy and programme is 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.
Sex and relationship 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. Parents have the right to withdraw their daughter from non-statutory aspects of sex education.