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Relationships and Sex Education Digest May & July 2017
A new monthly digest of education news for SRE for Hertfordshire schools
PSHE Programme - Jigsaw PSHE
Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive PSHE Programme from Foundation 1 and 2 up to year 6. The scheme of work provides a structured and developmental PSHE programme focused on building emotional literacy and social skills within a whole-school approach. It places mindfulness at the heart of its lessons using calm me sections of its lessons. Over 20 schools in Hertfordshire are currently using this resource. For further information please see:
Teaching SRE with Confidence in Secondary Schools’ from CWP Resources achieves PSHE Association Quality Mark
These resources coupled with their primary resources offer schools a robust set of lesson plans and resources to support teachers delivering Sex and Relationship Education Lessons.
UN recommendation for mandatory SRE
The UN recommendation appears in the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (June 2016). The full recommendation is as follows:
'The Committee recommends that the State party ensure that meaningful sexual and reproductive health education is part of the mandatory school curriculum for all schools, including academies, special schools and youth detention centres, in all areas of the State party. Such education should provide age-appropriate information on: confidential sexual and reproductive health-care services; contraceptives; prevention of sexual abuse or exploitation, including sexual bullying; available support in cases of such abuse and exploitation; and sexuality, including that of LGBT children’.
Working with external agencies to deliver sex and relationships programmes in schools
Some schools have enquired about protocols for engaging with external providers to complement the taught PSHE curriculum on issues such as Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) provision. It is worth saying that if a provider is offering ‘free’ support or indeed, chargeable support to schools then please consider carefully where the funding is coming from and whether there may be a particular slant they may want to promote in their work with your children and young people. This slant may or may not sit well with your school’s SRE policy and approach. It is worth considering what you would like them to cover in quite a lot of detail before they arrive as it would be good practice to seek parental consent if sensitive issues are being covered. We want to ensure age-appropriate content is delivered in our schools by excellent providers that follow the DfE guidance. Any organisation or individual, therefore, offering services to deliver SRE in schools should therefore be encouraged to work alongside teaching staff, supporting the planned delivery of any curriculum activity.
The attached information has been created by HCC and represents good practice in working with external providers. We have decided it would be helpful to circulate this to our PSHE co-ordinators and Healthy Schools. We hope that this helps you to devise protocols and approaches to make use of external support that may be available for your school. It goes without saying that we recommend that you follow safeguarding procedures at all times ensuring that visitors are supervised by school staff and that pupils are not left alone with visitors.
I thought it would be worth reminding you at this point of HfL’s offer. If you need any help with developing your SRE policy or practice, or wish to attend an SRE training session such as the SRE Champions courses, please see the attached brochure and book on to surgery sessions or course. This SRE Champions course and surgery session is free to schools to attend, HCC funded, to support you in this important area of the curriculum.
Working with External Agencies to Deliver Sex and Relationships Programmes in Schools