Sex and Relationships Education
The Education Act 1996, as amended by the Learning and Skills Act 2000, requires headteachers and
governing bodies to have regard to national guidance on Sex and Relationships Education in schools
and to protect children from unsuitable teaching and materials. Under the Children Act 2004 schools
have a duty to promote the well-being of their pupils and good quality SRE contributes to this duty.
SRE topics should be taught through the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum Science
Orders, which are mandatory for all primary and secondary age students, and through well-planned
Personal, Social Health and Economic education. The National Curriculum Framework Document
(2013) states that: ‘All maintained schools should make provision for personal, social, health and
economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or some of the SRE provided outside
of the National Curriculum. Quite often, when parents review the materials and aims of the lessons they
realise there is no need to withdraw their child from SRE.
SRE Parent Meeting
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Talking to your child about SRE
Children are naturally curious about their bodies. By answering any questions they ask, you can help them understand their bodies, their feelings and other people's feelings. This is a good basis for open and honest communication about sex and relationships, growing up and going through puberty.
The following websites and resources provide some help for parents who would like further information about how to approach this subject with their child.
SRE on NHS Website
Tampax Website Advice