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Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) might be a difficult subject to handle, but it’s an essential area of learning for your child.

‘Primary school children need information about sex and relationships in a timely fashion, which means, for example, that they should learn about puberty before they experience it,’ says Lucy Emmerson, coordinator of the Sex Education Forum.

However, the legal requirements for primary schools to provide sex and relationships education (SRE) are minimal.

The Department for Education (DfE) published Sex and Relationships Education Guidance in 2000, which, although it isn’t statutory, schools must take into consideration. Primary schools should:

  • Have an SRE programme tailored to the age and maturity of children.
  • Ensure that boys and girls know about puberty before they experience it, and how babies are conceived and born.
  • Focus their relationships education on friendships, bullying and self-esteem.

To ensure parents are aware of what is taught, we have shared more information about the SRE curriculum for each year group within the Year Group Information Tabs under Learning. 

If you have any questions about this, please do contact us.