“… children and young people should be helped to develop harmoniously their physical, moral and intellectual qualities…. They should receive a positive and prudent education in matters relating to
sex… and young people have the right to be stimulated to make sound moral judgements, based on
a well-informed conscience and to put them into practice with a sense of personal commitment….
And to know and to love God more perfectly.” Gravissimum Educationis (para 3)
Second Vatican Council
Sex Education is developed through cross-curricular links within Science, RE, PSHE, British Values & SEAL but essentially Education in Sex and Personal Relationships is concerned with the development of positive relationships with ourselves, other people, the world around us and with God.
To appreciate the whole of creation as a sign of God’s love
To develop a greater understanding of the nature of relationships with families, friends and
communities which exist in our multi-racial, multi-faith society.
To develop a greater understanding of the responsibilities of the individual.
To promote good health and understanding of physical development, respecting and reverencing
the wonder of the body.
To promote a source of self-esteem and well-being.
To support the personal, moral and social development of all pupils.
By the end of Key Stage 1 the majority of pupils should be able:
To understand the importance of valuing themselves and others.
To recognise their membership of the family and recognise the roles of individuals in families.
To understand growth and know themselves as male or female.
To recognise that babies have special needs.
To appreciate relationships, friends, family, caring, working together, sharing and playing
To know about rituals that mark life, and especially, birth, marriage and death.
To recognise the range of emotions and how we deal with them.
To know about being safe.
To have an awareness of personal health and safety and personal hygiene.
By the end of Key Stage 2 the majority of pupils should be able:
To appreciate that life is precious and a gift from God and to use this gift in God’s service.
To value themselves as a child of God, and their body as God’s gift to them.
To understand that they grow and change throughout life.
To understand what is meant by relationships within families, friends and communities.
To develop an appreciation of what is involved in bringing up children and what responsibility
To become aware of the different patterns of friendship.
To know the rituals celebrated in Church, marking birth, marriage and death.
To be aware of their changing emotions and the need to respect the emotions and feelings of
To begin to know about and understand the changes that come about through puberty.
To know and understand their own bodies and their need for personal hygiene.
To know the names for the parts of the body.
To know the basic biology of human reproduction.
To become aware of the choices they make and that choices have consequences.
To recognise the importance of forgiveness in relationships.
St Joseph’s Sex Education Policy reflects its commitment to the principle of equal opportunities.
This ensures the entitlement of all pupils, regardless of race, gender or disability, to develop their self-esteem and self-identity and to enable a confident participation in the curriculum. We intend that the subject be taught so that the equal but different natures of men and women are not compromised. We will endeavour to provide male and female role models whenever possible.
A differentiated programme of work is offered to the pupils through teachers’ planning, activities, resources, outcomes and adult support where appropriate.
The KS2 and Science leader have the responsibility, along with the Headteacher, to
ensure that the planned sex education programme is delivered effectively.
All class teachers, except Year 5 and 6, will be responsible for delivering their section of the programme to their class.
After consultation with teachers, if specific training is required, it will be provided through the school’s INSET programme.
Classes will remain mixed (boys and girls) for all elements of the Sex Education Programme,
except in Year 5 and 6, where if appropriate, separate gender provision could be available.
Personal beliefs and attitudes of teachers will not influence the Catholic teaching of sex and
relationships education at St Joseph’s. Teachers see their role as one of supporting parents in their role as primary educators of their children.
Working with Parents
Sex education is a joint partnership between school and parents. Parents will be invited into school to preview the materials used to deliver the Sex Education programme.
Parents wishing to discuss specific aspects of the planned curriculum are invited to make an
appointment with the Headteacher.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from any Sex Education lesson except for elements in the National Curriculum Science Programme. However, parents must be aware that Sex Education takes place at home, in the school playground, on TV and in the media, so withdrawing a child from these lessons may result in the child becoming confused.
Parents will be informed of their right to withdraw children from Sex Education; of their right to see the materials used with the children and of the time the lessons will take place. Parents will need to state their consent or their desire to with draw their child from this education.
Children have a right to ask questions in confidence. Teachers will not tell parents if their child asked a question, unless they feel that the parent is the best person to deal with the issues raised.
Our intention is to make the child feel safe and secure in the school environment so that they can ask questions to gain a fuller understanding of the content covered in class.
Child Sexual Abuse Procedures
Children will be made aware that disclosures that fall within the realm of a child protection will be pursued. Child sexual abuse will be identified in the school’s Child Protection procedures and staff will be made fully aware of these.
Role of Governors
Governors have the legal responsibility of deciding whether or not Education for Personal
Relationships and Sex Education should be taught in school.
The Diocese advises that schools provide this education for the needs of its children.
Governors, in consultation with staff and advisors should be involved in the dialogue as to what materials might be used to teach Sex Education.
Procedures for Monitoring and Evaluation
The effectiveness to the school’s approach to Sex Education is constantly assessed. This includes feedback from the staff, parents and the children.
The Sex Education programme will be incorporated into the PSHE/SEAL scheme of work.
Alongside the PSHCE/SEAL Scheme of work, teachers will also use the ‘Journey in Love’ lesson plans.
Links with other policies
Curriculum Statement PSHE Policy; Science Policy
Child Protection Policy
British Values Document.
Ratified: October 2013
Review Date: May 2017
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road
Mr Chris Wright
Mrs Kay Millership
Chair of Governors
Mrs Ann Yandell