DfE guidance states that SRE is ‘lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of 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’ therefore, Sex and Relationship Education at Lees Brook School will cover the three main elements of:

Attitudes and values

• Learning the importance of values and individual conscience and moral considerations
• Learning the value of family life, marriage and stable loving relationships for the nurture of children
• Learning the value of respect, love and care
• Exploring, considering and understanding moral dilemmas
• Developing critical thinking as part of decision-making personal and social skills
• Learning to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively
• Developing self respect and empathy for others
• Learning to make choices based on an understanding of difference and with an absence of prejudice
• Managing conflict
• Learning how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse with knowledge and understanding
• Learning and understanding physical development at appropriate stages
• Understanding human sexuality, reproduction, sexual health, emotions and relationships
• Learning about contraception and the range of local and national sexual health advice, contraception and support services
• The avoidance of unplanned pregnancy

At Lees Brook, SRE 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. We will provide knowledge about the processes of reproduction and the nature of sexuality and relationships. We will encourage the acquisition of skills and attitudes which allow students to manage their relationships in a responsible and healthy manner.


• To enable students to understand the biological aspects of reproduction
• To consider the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of family planning in terms of personal preference and their social and moral implications
• To recognise and be able to discuss sensitive and controversial issues such as conception, virginity, birth, child-rearing, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases and technological developments which involve consideration of attitudes, values, beliefs and morality
• To make students aware of the range of sexual attitudes and behaviour in present day society and recognise the importance of personal choice in managing relationships so that they do not present risks to health and personal safety
• To make students aware that feeling positive about sexuality and sexual activity is important in relationships and that people have the right not to be sexually active
• To understand the changing nature of sexuality over time and its impact on lifestyles e.g the menopause
• To recognise that parenthood is a matter of choice
• To critically analyse moral values and explore those held by different cultures and groups
• To understand the concept of stereotyping and to discuss issues such as sexual harassment in terms of their effects on individuals
• To understand aspects of legislation relating to sexual behaviour, gender and equal opportunities and to make aware the availability of statutory and voluntary organisations which offer support in human relationships


SRE is taught in a cross curricular way through Biology, RE and Citizenship. The diverse staffing and the variety of experience contained within our teaching body is seen as a valuable resource for the delivery of sex and relationship education. The provision of sex and relationship education is seen as progressive in terms of language, concepts and content which increases in depth and complexity as students progress through the school. Throughout the teaching, it is inevitable that a variety of sensitive issues will be explored and it is recognised that an individual’s sexuality and relationships are a highly personal matter. The teaching at Lees Brook will place emphasis upon the need for understanding and awareness of a variety of sexual preferences across the spectrum of human sexuality.

It is intended that students will be given up-to-date information on a wide variety of contraceptive methods and whilst general statements about the efficacy of these methods will be given, specific advice and guidance to individuals will not be made without consultation with parents/carers. Part of the make-up of all humans is that they are sexual beings and it would be irresponsible of the school to ignore this. The sex education programme aims to be sensitive and responsible and set in a moral and social framework. It also aims to meet the statutory provision which has been outlined in various Government documents.

School staff will:
• Ensure that they are up to date with the school’s policy and curriculum requirements and report any areas that they feel are not covered or inadequately provided for
• Attend and engage in relevant CPD sessions
• Encourage students to communicate their personal concerns
• Ensure that their personal beliefs and attitudes will not prevent them from providing balanced SRE activities for learning
• Tailor their lessons to suit all students
Leadership will:
• Ensure that SRE is age-relevant and appropriate across all year groups and provide staff with lesson plans and resources
• Provide support to staff who feel uncomfortable or ill-equipped to deliver SRE and engage external speakers for specific topics where appropriate
• Ensure all staff are up to date with policy changes and the curriculum for SRE
• Communicate with staff, parents and the governing body to ensure a consistent understanding of SRE

Monitoring and evaluation
• The quality of lessons will be monitored through lesson observation and student feedback
• The Senior leadership team will monitor the implementation of this policy through the SEAR cycle of review
• The Governors will review this policy annually



The prime responsibility for bringing up children rests with parents and carers. Schools must recognise that parents/carers are key figures in helping their children cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing up and in preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities which sexual maturity brings. The teaching offered by school should be seen as complementary and supportive to the role of parents. In an attempt to achieve this, the 1988 Education Reform Act (Section 1) states that all pupils should be offered the opportunity of receiving a comprehensive, well-planned programme of sex education during their school careers through a curriculum which:
• ‘Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and of society and
• Prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life’
The school recognises that sex education is a difficult issue which will place demands on schools and teachers. However, the purpose of sex education should be to provide knowledge about relationships, the nature of sexuality and the processes of human reproduction. At the same time it should lead to the acquisition of understanding and attitudes which prepare students to view their relationships in a responsible and healthy manner.

Definition of Sex and Relationship Education
The law does not give a definitive statement as to what sex education is. At Lees Brook it is regarded as lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of 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. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity.

Advice to Individual Students

We understand that it is important to distinguish between the School’s function of providing education generally about sexual matters and the giving of advice to individual students. Our teachers take a pastoral interest in the welfare and well – being of their students but it is understood that this should never trespass on the proper exercise of parental parents/carers responsibilities. Teachers will, however, ensure that a student is aware of the implications of conduct which is likely to place them at moral or physical risk or is in breach of the law.

Student outcomes

In enabling students to acquire knowledge, skills, responsible attitudes and behaviour with regard to sex education, Lees Brook Community School aims to provide a worthwhile educational experience for all students which will present opportunities to:
• Help students to consider the importance of self-restraint, dignity, respect for themselves and others, acceptance of responsibility, sensitivity towards the needs and views of others, loyalty and fidelity
• Enable students to recognise the physical, emotional and moral implications, and risks, of certain types of behaviour and to accept that both sexes should behave responsibly in sexual matters
• Support the personal development and social skills of the students
• Ensure that students have an understanding of their own and others’ sexuality
• Allow students to experience relationships based upon mutual respect and responsibility which are free from abuse and exploitation
• Provide information which will counteract prejudice and ignorance
• Develop student understanding of risk and their strategies for personal safety
• Empower students with the skills and confidence to use sources of help available to them both within and outside of school

The Parental Right

Section 241 of the Education Act 1993 gives parents the right to withdraw their children from any or all parts of the school’s programme of sex education, other than those elements which are required by the National Curriculum.

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