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Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

All schools have to teach an SRE curriculum to children at secondary school.

This states that SRE is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health.

The school SRE curriculum covers the following broad areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  1. Learning and understanding physical development at appropriate stages.
  2. Understanding human sexuality, sexual health, emotions and relationships.

Attitudes and values

  1. Learning the importance of values and individual conscience and moral considerations.
  2. Learning the value of family life, marriage and stable and loving relationships for the nurture of children.
  3. Learning the value of respect, love and care.
  4. Exploring, considering and understanding moral dilemmas.
  5. Developing critical thinking as part of decision making.

Personal and social skills

  1. Learning to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively.
  2. Developing self-respect and empathy for others.
  3. Learning to make choices based on an understanding of difference and with an absence of prejudice.
  4. Developing an appreciation of the consequences of choices made.
  5.  Managing conflict.
  6. Learning how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse.

SRE is taught to children through:

  1. The taught National Curriculum Science Programme of Study.
  2. SRE modules within a planned PSHE programme.
  3. Pastoral support for pupils who experience difficulties.
  4. Provision of appropriate information through leaflets and information for children.