Personal, social and health education is concerned with physical health and development, and social and moral development. This contributes to and supports the whole school aims and ethos.
The school shares responsibility for PSHE with others in society, particularly the family and community. We would hope that what is learnt in school would be supported by appropriate experiences at home and in the wider community, and vice versa. External agencies / professionals invited into school to explore issues such as stranger danger, fire safety and drugs. We aim to offer opportunities of job aspirations and as such ask members of the local / national community to speak to the children to portray their expertise.
Sex education forms part of the school's Personal, Social and Health Education Policy. The issue of sex cannot be divorced from the wider issue of morality, respect, health etc. but is detailed separately because of its unique legal position. That is, parents have the right to be notified of, and withdraw children from, some aspects of sex education.
In addition to the National Curriculum, Year 6 children will be offered information on puberty, conception, healthy living and forming relationships. The material used will be suitable for the age and maturity of the children and will be sensitively taught by a trusted and sympathetic qualified adult (The school nurse supported by the class teacher.)
Parents may request and discuss the material used before the topics are taught. Parents will be asked for written consent in advance and any parents wishing to withdraw their child will be invited to discuss the issues with the head teacher. Parents do not have the right to withdraw children from topics taught as part of the National Curriculum.
Incidental questions raised by the children will be answered on a level proportionate with the level of awareness they have reached, and if more appropriate, in a one to one discussion rather than a group situation