We have based our school’s sex education policy on the DfE guidance document Relationship Education Guidance and Sex (ref DfE 0116/2000). Sex education is part of the personal, social and health education curriculum in our school.
The National Curriculum advises schools to make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. At Hutton Henry C of E Primary School, PSHE is considered across the curriculum and is a fundamental part of the children’s school experience. Personal, Social, Health Education is also taught explicitly as part of the whole-school approach. We believe that successful PSHE supports children’s learning capacity and this aspect of the school’s work is held in high regard as we believe that it promotes wellbeing and underpins children’s development as people.
We aim to ensure that all children:
• Develop confidence and responsibility and to make the most of their abilities
• Prepare to play an active role as citizens in Britain
• Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle
• Develop good relationships and to understand and celebrate the differences between people.
We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. PSHE has a contribution to make to the child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each topic area of the curriculum. At Hutton Henry Church of England Primary School, we aim to build on and compliment the learning that has already started at home, in relation to moral values and attitudes, awareness of society within the Christian ethos of a Church of England Primary School. Parents or adults who care for the children we teach are the ‘first time educators’ of their children, school works in partnership with them, in developing children personally, emotionally and as young citizens.
At Hutton Henry we believe that the personal, social and health development of each child, in conjunction with their citizenship skills, has a significant role in their ability to learn. We value the importance of PSHE, Citizenship and Relationships and Sex Education in preparing children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. In addition, we believe that a child needs to learn about the many emotional aspects of life and how to manage their own emotions. At Hutton Henry we aim to help the children to develop a personal identity and high levels of motivation. To develop positive social interaction, the skills to live and work with others, to develop the knowledge and skills to become an active citizen. To develop an understanding of our Christian Values.
The Teaching of PSHE is the ‘real-life’ learning, taught within the context of every day happenings in school and as part of the formal curriculum. We use the KAPOW materials to teach many of the elements of PSHE. We are an LBGT friendly school and follow the ‘Educate and Celebrate’ programme. PSHE will be delivered as part of a planned programme of lessons, through assemblies and productions, events and visits, and having visitors into school. The focus of this work will be to enhance the self-esteem of children which is widely acknowledged as being a key factor in the promotion of more positive relationships, learning and behaviour within the classroom and the development of key skills to make informed choices now and in adult life.
Further information regarding our PSHE and RSE curriculums can be found here.
Educate and Celebrate
We are a Rainbow School!
Since September 2015, we have been proud to call ourselves a ‘Rainbow School’ because we are actively promoting equality and social inclusion. We have embedded the ‘Educate and Celebrate’ programme into our curriculum. The programme provides positive relationships and understanding. It is based around a set of stories about different families, relationships and gender identities.
The approaches used in ‘Educate and Celebrate’ have been recognised by Ofsted as best practice for taking a whole school approach to teaching equality.
The document below is published by Ofsted and gives guidelines as to how a school will be assessed on their policy, prevention and tackling of homophobic and transphobic issues.