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St John's Mead

Church of England Primary School

‘Valuing Effort, Valuing Others, Valuing Self’

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Sex Education

Sex Education provides an understanding that positive, caring environments are essential for the development of a good self image and that individuals are in charge of, and responsible for, their own bodies. It provides knowledge about the process of reproduction and the nature of sexuality and relationships. It encourages the acquisition of skills and attitudes that allow pupils to manage their relationships in a responsible and healthy manner.

Sex education will be taught within a moral framework and be presented within the context of family life, loving relationships and respect for themselves and others. It will be, whenever possible, part of an integrated curriculum and be approached as part of topic work at an appropriate level for the children's age and understanding. When children reach Year 5 a more formal lesson in Sex Education is taught. The school nurse is involved with the lessons and uses a video and leaflets to enhance the children's understanding. Subject content includes puberty and personal hygiene. Parents are invited to watch the video prior to it being shown to their children.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from any or all part of the school's programmes of Sex Education, other than those elements which are required by the National Curriculum. Parents do not have to give reasons for their decision nor do they have to indicate what other arrangements they intend to make for providing Sex Education. Any request should be made in writing to the Headteacher.

Copies of the school's policy on Sex Education can be obtained from the school.