To be most effective SRE needs to start early so that children learn to talk about feelings and relationships, and are prepared for puberty before it happens to them. Studies consistently show that the majority of parents want their children to receive appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) at school.
The Department of Health set out its ambition for all children and young people to receive high quality SRE in its Framework for Sexual Health Improvement 2013. Following this, when the Department for Education published the new National Curriculum, they emphasised the statutory requirement to provide a balanced and broad wider school curriculum, and the need for SRE through all key stages.
The Department for Education encourages schools to develop their own SRE lesson content with support from expert sources so we now use the SRE programme called All About Me.
All year groups, from Y3 through to Y6 take part in ‘All About Me’ with parents and carers invited to an information session about the SRE programme.
The programme based on the four key themes that run throughout:
• Physical development & self-image • Reproduction & Family Forming • Social & Emotional Development • Assertiveness
There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a relationship and sex education package might contain, especially when aimed at junior school children. There is the worry that children will lose their innocence if we give them certain information too soon. The evidence suggests that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many schools in the area have delivered the programme successfully. All About Me is an evidence-based package which progresses year-by –year at an age appropriate level. The focus is on providing children with a safe space to ask questions and offers fun and responsible support which enables children to express and deal with their feelings in a positive manner. The programme links strongly to the work we already do with the students in school.
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