A key aim of Dersingham VA Primary and Nursery School is that each pupil will develop the skills and knowledge to
make decisions. Decisions about how they relate to others can only be made if they have adequate knowledge and
understanding of their own physical and emotional development. This is not a task for the school in isolation, and we
seek to work with parents/carers to ensure that the teaching of sex education reflects their expectations and
complements teaching at home. Parents/carers will be informed about the teaching of sex education each year so that
they can decide whether or not to withdraw their child.
Relationship to other policies
Sex education forms an integral part of the curriculum policy, and the schemes of work for science, citizenship, and
personal, social, and health education (PSHE), and relates to child protection.
Roles and responsibilities of headteacher, other staff, governors
The governing body will:
• decide whether sex education should be in the school curriculum and, if so, what it should consist of and how it
should be organised
• seek the advice of the headteacher on this policy, keep it up to date, and make it available to parents/carers
• ensure that sex education is provided in a way that encourages pupils to consider morals, the value of family
life, and the importance of marriage.
The headteacher will ensure that:
• the governing body is advised about the nature and organisation of sex and relationships education and how it
reflects the aims and values of the school
• sex education is provided in a way that encourages pupils to consider morals, the value of family life, and the
importance of marriage
• pupils are protected from inappropriate teaching materials
• a scheme of work is agreed and implemented
• parents/carers are informed about the programme for sex education each term
• links are established and maintained with other agencies to ensure that appropriate support and guidance is
accessible to pupils, staff and parents/carers.
Staff who teach sex and relationships education are expected to:
• provide sex education in accordance with this policy and in a way which encourages pupils to consider morals
and the value of family life
• participate in training to provide sex education in line with the school curriculum policy
• implement the agreed scheme of work
• draw to the attention of the headteacher any materials which they consider to be inappropriate
• respond appropriately to those pupils whose parents/carers wish them to be withdrawn from sex education.
Arrangements for monitoring and evaluation
The headteacher will provide a report on the implementation of the scheme of work once each year in July, together
with a record of parental and pupil complaints, the number of pupils withdrawn from lessons, and the number of
teachers and other staff involved in training on sex education. Lessons on sex education will be observed in the normal
programme of monitoring teaching and the judgements about the impact of the lesson on pupils will be included in the
report. If the school has a student who has become pregnant the headteacher will report on the effectiveness of links
made with and support provided by relevant agencies and children’s centres.