Sex & Relationships Education (SRE) is defined as “Learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality, and sexual health.”
While we use SRE to inform young people about sexual issues, we do this with regard to matters of morality and individual responsibility, and in a way that allows young people to ask and explore moral questions. We do not use SRE as a means of promoting any form of sexual orientation. The academy is well aware that the primary role in young people’s sex and relationships education lies with parents and carers. We wish to build a positive and supporting relationship with the parents of young people at our academy through mutual understanding, trust and co-operation.
The sex education and relationship programme is an opportunity for students to:
- Develop an understanding of sex, sexuality, and relationships.
- Develop a range of appropriate personal skills.
The aims will be achieved through the following objectives:
- Develop an understanding of a range of values and moral issues including the importance of family life.
- Develop an understanding of the biological facts related to human growth and development, including reproduction.
- Develop an understanding of the importance of healthy relationships.
We teach sex and relationships education in the context of the academy’s aims and values framework. While sex and relationships education in our academy means that we give young people information about sexual behaviour, we do this with an awareness of the moral code and values which underpin all our work in the academy. In particular, we teach sex and relationships education in the belief that:
- Sex and relationships education is part of a wider social, personal, spiritual and moral education process.
- Young people should be taught to have respect for their own bodies.
- Young people should learn about their responsibilities to others, and be aware of the consequences of sexual activity, including teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and sexual activity and the law.
- It is important to build positive relationships with others, involving trust and respect.
- Young people need to develop personal responsibility, self-respect and appropriate decision making skills.
- This policy is consistent with all other policies adopted by OAT / the academy and is written in line with current legislation and guidance.
The academy understands that the teaching of some aspects of the programme may be of concern to parents/carers. The academy will ensure that no teachers express their personal views or beliefs when delivering the programme. Parents/carers will be consulted on the content of the programme, through parent / carer forum meetings and letters, and the programme will therefore be planned in conjunction with parents/carers.
The academy respects the legal right of parents/carers to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex and relationship education programme, except for those statutory parts included in the science national curriculum. If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from SRE lessons, they should put in writing which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in and send this to the academy addressed to the principal.
The academy always complies with the wishes of parents in this regard and will provide appropriate sources of information for parents who wish to withdraw their children. If a parent withdraws their child from topics that are not included in the statutory National Curriculum then the academy will make alternative arrangements for the student.