Relationship and Sex Education
Description of School
Rosewood School is an urban special school catering for boys of secondary age who have Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. Pupils are drawn from all over the borough and reflect a wide social and ethnic mix and very varied family backgrounds.
Description of Policy Formation and Consultation Process
The people involved:-
D.Kirk, Head Teacher
S. Lovell, - Assistant Head Teacher
H. Parkes, PHSE Teacher
Aims and Objectives of the Sex Education Policy
In accordance with the 1988 Education Reform Act, the Sex Education programme aims to:-
Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils and of society, and
Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The aim of the sex education Policy is to clarify the content and manner in which sex education is delivered in the school.
The school will work towards these aims in partnership with parents/carers and allied professionals.
Sex education will:-
Provide information which is easy to understand, relevant and appropriate to both the age and maturity of the pupils.
Include the development of literacy, speaking and listening and social skills.
Moral and Values Framework
Sex education will be taught in the context of relationships. Topics and themes will be repeated from year to year in greater depth taking account of the pupils' development.
The Sex Education programme will reflect the school ethos and demonstrate and encourage the following:-
Respect for staff.
Respect for others.
Responsibility for one's own actions.
Responsibility for families, friends, school and the wider community.
The exploration and clarification of values and attitudes.
Content Headings for School Sex Education Programme
Sex Education will provide knowledge, and encourage the acquisition of skills and attitudes which will allow pupils to manage their lives in a responsible and health way.
Key Stage 3
Puberty, personal safety, friendship and love, family life and relationships, gender issues, sexuality, conception and birth, contraception, HIV/AIDS, safer sex, helping agencies and life stages.
Key Stage 4
Birth processes, abortion, fostering and adoption, genetic inheritance, early parenting, sexuality, gender issues, child sexual exploitation, sexual violence, consent, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS, sexual lifestyles, helping agencies, prejudice and stereotyping, different faiths and cultures, respect for others.
Rosewood School is committed to working towards equality of opportunity in all aspects of school life and aims to provide access to the curriculum for all its pupils.
In KS2 this will be in-line with current practice.
Organisation of School Sex Education
Co-ordination - Sex Education is co-ordinated by the PSHE Co-ordinator, who is responsible for the overall planning, implementation and review of the programme.
i. It is taught by co-ordinator as part of the PSHE programme.
ii. Aspects of Sex and relationship Education are taught in Year 7 and 10 Science.
Year tutors will be given appropriate INSET training as necessary.
A variety of approaches are used, in a creative and supportive classroom environment.
Reviewing effectiveness –
This is done through assessment procedure by both tutors and pupils (where appropriate.) The outcomes will inform future planning and be reflected in the School Development Plan.
Resources used and criteria for selection:-
Videos, reading material and three dimensional models as recommended by the Advisory Service.
Specific Issues Statements
As part of the programme, pupils will be given information about appropriate agencies in order that they may address the need for specific advice or counselling.
Confidentiality (individually and in the class room):-
Pupils will be made aware that some information cannot be held confidential and made to understand that if certain disclosures are made actions will ensue. At the same time pupils will be offered sensitive and appropriate support. In the event of disclosure of suspicion of possible abuse, the school's Child Protection procedures will be invoked.
Answering difficult questions:-
Questions will be answered whenever possible by tutors. However, there may be occasions when a member of staff considers that it may be inappropriate to reply. The establishment of ground rules is important, and it will be stated clearly that questions of a personal nature are no permitted.
Child withdrawal procedures.
Arrangement will be made by the co-ordinator as necessary.
Procedures for the involvement of visitors:-
Visitors will be involved in a planned and limited way as appropriate and made aware of the school's Sex Education Policy. Their involvement will be in accordance to the Visitors in School protocol as issued by Dudley LEA.
Spiritual, Cultural and Moral issues In Sex Education
In concert with the school's stance upon spiritual, cultural and moral issues the Sex Education curriculum will endeavour to deliver the curriculum highlighting SCM matters.
Working with parents/carers
The school has always had strong links with both parents and carers. Should parents/carers have concerns they are welcome to discuss them with the co-ordinator.
It is recognised that under the 1993 Education Act parents do have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the school's Sex Education Programme.
This is part of the PSHE Policy that is included in the school Prospectus.
Dissemination of the Policy
This Policy will be received by all parents, governors, teachers and ancillary staff. Further copies can be obtained on application to the school office.