Grindon Infant School

Sex and Relationship Education Policy

Rationale
A good programme of sex and relationships education is a positive opportunity for children to understand their emerging sexualities within the context of easily accessible advice and knowledge.

The Aims of the Policy
• To ensure that the school sex education programme meets the needs of all young people in the school and is developmentally appropriate.

• To emphasise that sex education is placed within the context of the school's PSHCE/SEALS programme. Government policy and guidelines specify that this should include explaining the importance of marriage.

• To make information accessible to parents about the programme so that they are aware of what will take place and will be aware of opportunities for involvement and consultation.

• To provide guidance for all staff (teaching and non-teaching) and outside visitors.

• To indicate how the school's approach to sex education relates to other school policies, such as equal opportunities and child protection policies.

Guidelines
1. Sex education will take place as far as possible within the context of the school's PSHCE programme.

2. The sex education programme will be taught so that there is continuity and progression through the school. The programme is designed to be sensitive to the needs of and developmentally appropriate to each age group.

3. The teaching of sex education will be set within the framework of family and relationships and consideration will be given to moral issues.

PSHCE / Citizenship
• Develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships;

• Are able to name parts of the body and describe how their bodies work;

• Can protect themselves and ask for help and support

4. Some aspects of the sex education programme will be taught as part of the Key Stage 1 Science National Curriculum.

• That animals including humans, move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce.

• To recognise and compare the main external parts of the bodies of humans, know that humans and animals can produce offspring and these grow into adults.

• To recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others and treat others with sensitivity.

5. As well as providing the children with the appropriate knowledge of sex education, we will develop the children's social skills and provide them with opportunities to explore their developing attitudes and values.

6. The other school policies which have information and which relate to this policy are:
• Safeguarding Young People Policy
• Equality and Diversity Policy

7. Teachers will sometimes need to discuss aspects of a sexual nature within certain topics - not necessarily as part of a sex education programme. In such cases they must balance the need of the subject with the need to respect pupils and parents sensitivities. (This also applies where parents have specifically requested that their child is withdrawn from sex education.)

8. Teachers will endeavour to answer pupils' questions honestly and in ways that are appropriate to the individual pupil's developmental needs, and if the question arises in a classroom context in such a way that takes the context into account.

9. It may be necessary to answer questions individually if the teacher judges the nature of the question to be too sensitive to the majority of the group or beyond the majority's developmental and emotional understanding at that time.

10. The sex education programme will be taught by the children's class teachers; however visits from the school nurse may also take place if this is seen appropriate.

11. Legal rights of parents about sex education: The parental right of withdrawal extends to all pupils. Once a request that a child be excused has been made, that request must be complied with until the parent changes or revokes it. We may invite parents voluntarily to indicate their reasons for withdrawal so that any misunderstandings about the nature of the sex education provided by the school can be resolved.

12. We will wherever possible to offer appropriate materials to parents who have withdrawn their children from sex education so that they may use them with their child at home.

13. This policy will be made available to parents, staff, local authority and governors.

This policy has been reviewed and is awaiting ratification by the Governors on 22.03.17