What can I expect from school?

Primary school

It is compulsory for primary schools to teach about human life-cycles as part of science. But good SRE includes much more than just the biological basics. Each school must choose what it will teach about relationships and how to do this.

Most schools have a SRE policy. This will state what the school teaches about sex and relationships (in addition to science).  Maintained schools must have a SRE policy and parents have a right to see the policy. Academies and free schools can choose to have a SRE policy.

As a parent you can expect to be asked for your views on SRE in the school. You may have suggestions to make about what topics need to be covered. Based on your knowledge of your child you may also feel that some topics are being taught too late. For example, introducing puberty in Year 6 may be too late.

 

Secondary school

It is compulsory for secondary schools to teach about human reproduction as part of science and also to teach about HIV and AIDS. Good SRE includes much more than just the biological basics. Each school must choose what it will teach about relationships and how to do this.

Most schools have a SRE policy. This will state what the school teaches about sex and relationships (in addition to science).  Maintained schools must have a SRE policy and parents have a right to see the policy. Academies and free schools can choose to have a SRE policy.

As a parent you can expect to be asked for your views on SRE in the school. You may have suggestions to make about what topics need to be covered.

 

Talking to your child
Looking for suggestions about how to talk to your child about growing up, sex and relationships?  Check out these Do's and Don'ts.