Brighton Hill Community School

15. Sex and Relationship Education

Information & Policies

Published on - 06-12-2016


Brighton Hill Community School is committed to developing the attitudes and values of students, which influence healthy choices and promote healthy patterns of behaviour.  Sex and relationship education forms part of the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme, which enables students to develop the skills to make informed decisions, with a focus on combating exploitation and peer pressure.  The purpose of sex and relationship education is therefore to assist students to prepare for adult life, by supporting them through their physical, emotional, moral and social development, and to help them understand social and cultural norms, respect others and form and sustain healthy relationships.

Sex and relationship education

Sex and relationship education is defined as any part of the planned curriculum dealing with human sexual reproduction, sexual health, including contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted infections and education governing healthy and respectful relationships.

Delivery of sex and relationship Education through the PSHE programme

There are three main elements which provide balanced delivery.

Attitudes and Values

Personal and Social Skills

Knowledge and Understanding

In addition to the PSHE programme, there are modules in the science curriculum which cover the biology of human sexual reproduction and in the GCSE examination specification for PEB, which cover sexual ethics.

Delivery of the PSHE programme

The PSHE programme is delivered through the Humanities Faculty curriculum area and is overseen by the Head of Humanities.  Teachers should deal honestly and sensitively with sexual orientation, answer appropriate questions and offer support where appropriate.  Additionally, specific support is offered to targeted groups of students through the Flexible Learning Centre (for example a group session on self-image).  This work compliments the programme of studies in the curriculum.

Criteria for the selection of materials and resources

As is the case with materials and resources used in any subject area, priority is given to ensuring that the content is appropriate both in the nature and in style has due regard to the age, religion and cultural background of our students.  Materials should have a sound factual base, present information and opinion in an objective and balanced way, and use the correct terminology for body parts and sexual behaviours.  Students are similarly required to use correct terminology.  Prior to any lesson in which sensitive issues are to be discussed, ‘ground rules’ for interaction, communication and behaviour will be clearly established by the teacher.

Monitoring and evaluation

The delivery of sex and relationship education will be monitored and evaluated through regular learning walks, exercise book/progress folder scrutiny and reviews of schemes of learning as part of the Humanities Faculty quality assurance programme.  Student voice questionnaires evaluating the impact of the PSHE programme are used to evaluate the effectiveness of sex and relationship education, as an integral part of the PSHE curriculum.

Parents’/carers’ right to withdraw

Parents/carers have a legal right to withdraw their child from any or all parts of a school’s programme of sex and relationship education, other than those elements that are statutorily required.  Parents/carers have access to this policy via the school website.  Parents/carers who wish to withdraw their child from the sex and relationship education programme should notify the Headteacher in writing.  Any student withdrawn for elements of the sex and relationship education programme, by prior arrangement with the Headteacher, will be provided with alternative work to be undertaken, in an alternative location for the duration of the topic.

Confidentiality and Advice

The rights and responsibilities of the parents/carers must be considered alongside the welfare and safety of students.  General, non-personal discussions in PSHE lessons should remain confidential to the lesson, but all teachers of PSHE must make it clear to students that they cannot offer unconditional confidentiality.

This policy does not affect all teachers’ legal obligation to report any safeguarding concerns to one of the school’s Child Protection Officers.

Statutory guidance
Sex and Relationship Education Guide (DfEE 0116/2000)
PSHE and Citizenship framework

Last ratified: October 2016
Next review date: October 2018