The Investigation and Enquiry Learning School SRE team play the lead role in the delivery of the statutory SRE curriculum and Drugs Education. However, as a Church Academy our SRE and Drugs Education curriculum has been designed in consultation and collaboration with our Religious Education department as part of the Culture and Society Learning School. This has enabled us to construct a cohesive, robust and well-structured SRE and Drugs Education curriculum that is fit for our students and is in line with our Christian values and status as a Church Academy.
Content of the Curriculum
Sex and Relationship Education involves learning about emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, conception, human sexuality and sexual health in an age appropriate and sensitive way. The biological aspects of sex education are covered in compulsory science lessons. The SRE lesson content is based around the Spiral Curriculum model developed by the Wolverhampton Healthy Schools team along with other related areas. These include in particular alcohol education, given the strong links between binge drinking and risky sexual behaviour as well as drugs education. A recent Government review also identified a need for there to be a ‘stronger focus on relationships’ and to have a clear and explicit value framework of ‘mutual respect, rights and responsibilities, gender equality and acceptance of diversity’. These have also been stated in the C of E Archbishops’ Council Education Division “Valuing All God’s Children” with a particular reference to the Christian response towards sexual orientation and homophobic bullying. The links between the two Learning schools provides us with an ideal opportunity create an SRE curriculum that delivers SRE alongside RE using the strengths and expertise of both teams enabling us to equip the students with the values, attitudes and skills to support their personal development.
In 2011 the government updated parts of their SRE policy and stated the need for these areas to be addressed:
- The prevention of teenage pregnancy.
- The concerns expressed by parents that the media and commercial sector can sexualise girls at an early age.
- The worrying levels of violence in teenage relationships.
- That all young people are taught about sexual consent.
- Sexual orientation
Model for Delivery
The model for the delivery of the curriculum and its content was revised for first teaching beginning in September 2014. The curriculum is delivered as a series of lessons in Years 7 – 10 following the recommendations set out in the Government Review of Sex and Relationship Education in Schools document (2008) and those set out in the C of E Archbishops’ Council Education Division “Valuing All God’s Children”. These make the case that to be effective a series of lessons is advisable rather than ‘one off’ days.
- In Year 7 the biological aspects of the SRE curriculum is delivered by the Science team.
- In Year 8 a specialist team of two SRE staff deliver the SRE and Drugs Education content as part of the Year 8 PSHCE curriculum.
- In Year 9 two SRE specialist staff have been allocated to the Year group and deliver the SRE and Drugs Education content in a series of nine lessons to each RE class. This is done on a rota for each class and uses one of their two RE lessons over the nine week block.
- In Year 10 one SRE specialist member of staff is delivering the SRE and Drugs Education content in a series of lessons to each RE class. This follows the Year 9 model but is done over eight lessons.
Role of External Professionals
Working in partnership with external professionals in Health and wider children’s services brings expertise into SRE delivery and ensure that our students have access to advice and support on sex and relationships. Base 25 have already demonstrated their willingness to take part in the delivery of some aspects of the curriculum as well as Margaret Cooper our school nurse. As the SRE and Drugs Education curriculum is developed and revised the use of other appropriate agencies/contacts may be considered.
Monitoring the Curriculum
Each Year group will complete at an appropriate time their view of the new SRE curriculum, in a ‘voice of the learner’ type questionnaire. This will enable amendments to be made to the curriculum in the first annual review in summer 2015.
Development of a guide for Parents / Careers
The role of parents is also important. A Parents and Carers Guide to SRE and Drugs Education is being developed to go into the schools information package which is given to all students on entry to the school. This will also include an SRE consent slip. Parents need to be informed about what is being taught and reassured that good SRE and Drugs Education will give their children the knowledge, skills and confidence to make informed, safe choices.
SRE Policy and Governors
The present Sex and Relationship policy has been updated to reflect any changes. Governors are to be consulted.