1. Policy Statement
The British Council School believes that relationship and sex education is an educational entitlement of all pupils and an integral part of each pupil’s emergence into adulthood.
The underlying philosophy of this policy is to develop self-respect in young people enabling them to develop loving, caring relationships and appreciate the moral considerations and personal responsibilities within relationships and towards others.
Other related policies and documents include the Anti-Bullying Policy, SMSC Policy and the Child Protection Policy.
2. Statutory requirements
The British Council School follows the English National Curriculum. As such, this policy has been developed in accordance with the current requirements of that curriculum and takes into account the Children’s Act 1989 and 2004 and the Education Act 1993 and 2002.
3. Programme content
Relationship and Sex Education includes learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of family life, stable and loving relationships, including marriage, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity.
It has three main elements:
- Attitudes and values
- Personal and social skills
- Knowledge and understanding
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The programme is constructed in each section by the Head of Section, school nurse and Family Leaders and the school counsellors.
4. Approach and methodology of delivery
The British Council School’s aim is to deal with relationship and education sensibly and sensitively at each key stage, within a supportive framework which will allow pupils to feel comfortable with the subject matter and allow them to have the confidence to seek clarification, if necessary. All questions will be answered honestly and openly. As such, the basic concepts of Human reproduction are introduced in Year 5 in Spanish but with both English and Spanish tutors available so that students can ask questions in the language in which they feel most comfortable.
A variety of teaching and learning styles is used to give pupils relevant information; to enable moral issues to be explored through discussion; and to acquire appropriate skills. Pupils are usually taught in mixed-ability and mixed gender groups unless any subject is deemed better dealt with in a single-sex group.
5. Monitoring and evaluation
The school evaluates this policy through its self-evaluation processes. In addition, the Attitudinal Survey undertaken by Years 5,6 and 9 run by Durham University provides an in-depth, and independent, evaluation of the effectiveness of the policy.
6. Parental communication and choice
In the UK, under the Education Act of 1993, parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the RSE programme. The British Council School adheres to this and informs parents well in advance that their children will be receiving RSE education. Parents can request to see materials or videos associated with the programme or to discuss areas of concern with the Head of the appropriate Key Stage.
Delivery of RSE is not the sole responsibility of the school and as such, the school will work effectively in partnership with parents, health professionals and others in the wider community to enhance the provision.
7. Equal Opportunities Statement
The school is committed to the provision of RSE to all of its pupils. Our programme aims to respond to the diversity of children’s cultures, faiths and family backgrounds.
8. Confidentiality and Child Protection
As a general rule a student’s confidentiality is maintained by the teacher or by the member of staff concerned. If this person believes that the child is at risk or in danger, that staff member will talk to the named child protection co-ordinator who may confer with the Head Teacher before any decision is made.
The child will be informed that, because their teacher is concerned for their safety, confidentiality would have to be breached and reasons why. The child will be supported by the teacher throughout the process.
The school follows the British Council Child Protection Policy and Procedures. Effective RSE may bring about disclosures of child protection issues and staff will be made aware of the procedures for reporting their concerns to the child protection focal point or Head of Section/School.
Adopted: October 2018 Review: October 2020