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Sex and Relationship Education Policy

Sex and Relationship Education is about lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding that love and care, mutual respect and stable and loving relationships are all important in family life. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality, and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity.There are three main elements:

·         Attitudes and values

·         Personal and social skills

·         Knowledge and understanding

(Sex and Relationship Education Guidance DfEE 2000)


Our Aims and Values

Effective SRE is essential if children and young people are to make and sustain meaningful relationships. At Springbank we want children to be able to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives. We want children to have knowledge, skills and understanding to keep themselves and others safe.


We teach children about:

  • the physical development of their bodies as they grow into adults;
  • the way humans reproduce;
  • respect for their own bodies and the importance of sexual activity as part of a committed, long-term and loving relationship;
  • the importance of family life;
  • moral questions;
  • relationship issues;
  • respect for the views of other people;
  • sex abuse and what they should do if they are worried about any sexual matters.
The vast majority of Sex and Relationships Education is taught through our PSHE curriculum although some aspects are covered in the Science National Curriculum and are statutory, for example the life-cycles of living things.

In PSHE we teach children about relationships and we encourage children to discuss issues. 
  • In Year 3 and 4 the focus is on keeping ourselves safe and healthy, looking at the different relationships we have and what makes us happy.
  • In Year 5 and 6 we teach about the parts of the body and how these work, and we explain to the children what will happen to their bodies during puberty.
  • In Year 5 the children learn about the Science of reproduction
  • In Year 6 this extends to learning about the act of sexual intercourse and also also covers how babies are born, along with same sex couples and sexual stereotypes.

Parents’ and Carers’ permission has to be sought and given before a child receives SRE lessons in Year 5 and 6 and they have the right to withdraw their children from SRE lessons which are not part of the National Curriculum. 
If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from SRE lessons, they should discuss this with the headteacher, and make it clear which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in. The school always complies with the wishes of parents in this regard and will provide support materials for home use.

To read the full policy, please click on the document below.