A developmental curriculum

A developmental curriculum

Good quality SRE starts early in childhood ensuring that children develop the language and skills to talk about emotions, relationships and their bodies. A timetabled SRE programme with clear learning outcomes ensures regular and repeated input that builds year on year.

A well designed SRE programme should make links with other topics such as emotional health, self-esteem and body image, and the association between alcohol and sexual behaviour. Cross-curricular links with subjects such as English, citizenship and RE, and 'themed topics' help provide a context for SRE. Children and young people also want SRE to relate to real life.

Key questions

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Have SRE learning outcomes been set for each year group in the school?

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Is there enough time allocated specifically for SRE?

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Do teaching objectives balance; knowledge and understanding, exploring values and attitudes and developing skills?

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Is there enough content on relationships, not just the biology?

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Is there flexibility to respond to the changing needs of pupils, for example new topics identified through question boxes or pupil consultation?

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 Does the curriculum include opportunities for pupils to explore SRE topics at home?

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 Do local schools communicate to ensure curriculum progression from primary to secondary school?

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 Are links made with other subjects so that learning is rich and relevant?

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Is the biological aspect of sex education adequately covered in science?

 

 

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Resources 

 

Primary Resource

Laying the foundations: A practical guide to sex and relationships education in primary schools. Second edition. (2013) Anna Martinez, Vanessa Cooper & Jane Lees

 

Laying the Foundations provides a complete SRE programme for primary schools including 14 x KS1 and 17 x KS2 lesson plans organised into six broad themes: ‘my body’, ‘life cycles’, ‘relationships’, ‘feelings and attitudes’, ‘keeping safe and looking after myself’ and ‘people who can help me’. It includes a step-by-step guide to reviewing the school SRE policy.

Download free samples: 'Why teach SRE' and Lesson plan: 'male & female'

£23.99 from NCB web-shop (20% members discount)

 

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teaching about HIV

Web-based curriculum design tool.

Sets of questions to help you understand what children and young people want to learn about in relation to growing up, relationships and sex from ages 3-19, organised by age category.

Assessment, Evaluation and SRE: a practical toolkit for education, health and community settings. Second Edition(2012) Simon Blake& Stella Muttock, revised by Sam Beal& Lisa Handy [Book] 

 

  
Teaching and learning about HIV: A resource for Key Stages 1 to 4 (2003) Simon Blake and Paula Power [Book]
Sex, alcohol & drugs Links sex, alcohol & drugs Sex, alcohol & other drugs
Sex, alcohol and other drugs; exploring the links. A policy briefing (2004) [PDF 200KB] Exploring the links between sex, alcohol and other drugs in young people's lives. A briefing for practioners (2004) [PDF 83KB] Sex, alcohol and other drugs; Exploring the links in young people's lives (2004) Jeanie Lynch and Simon Blake [Book]
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Sexual orientation, sexual identities and homophobia in schools (2005) [PDF 953KB] Addressing healthy relationships and sexual exploitation within PSHE in schools [PDF 1MB] (Factsheet 37, 2006) Understanding sex and relationships education (2010) [PDF 896 KB]

 

   
book SRE resource list: Primary [286KB]
book SRE resource list: Secondary [324KB]
book SRE resource list: Further education [349KB]
book SRE resource list: Disability and special needs [270KB]