Sex Education is taught across the curriculum and aims to present facts in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner, set within a clear framework of values.
The aims of these lessons is –
- To provide students with balanced information;
- To help students develop and improve their self-esteem;
- To enable students to form their own opinions and to make informed, reasoned and responsible choices both while at school and in adulthood;
- To help students appreciate the dangers of sexual promiscuity and the advantages of stable relationships such as are envisaged in marriage;
- To encourage students to have due regard for moral considerations and the responsibilities of parenthood;
The curriculum areas of Science, Religious Education, Child Development and Personal and Social Education all teach specific areas of the Sex Education programme. Science deals with the biological and anatomical aspects within the National Curriculum, and is compulsory for all students under the provision of the 1993 Education Act. Religious Education, Child Development and Personal and Social Education deal with world issues, birth, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS.
The 1993 Education Act states that parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from sex and relationships education (not the aspects taught in Science), should they so wish. If you feel you do not wish your child to take part in non-compulsory sex and relationships education , please inform the Headteacher in writing.