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Sex Education

Section 241 of the Education Act of 1993 requires the governing bodies of maintained primary schools to consider whether and at what stage to offer sex education.  They are required to keep an up-to-date written statement of the policy they choose to adopt which must be available to all parents.

The Governors of Shelford School have elected to offer sex education to their pupils and this statement outlines the form that this teaching will take.

Co-operation with Parents

The prime responsibility for bringing up children, including preparation for adolescence and adulthood, rests with parents.  It is hoped that the teaching the school offers will be complementary to and supportive of this parental role.

Parents of children in Years 5 and 6 will be contacted in advance of the commencement of the topic containing the elements of sex education outlined.

Parents will also be given the opportunity to see the materials to be used, including extracts from the video 'Living and Growing'.  They will also be able to ask questions and comment on the school's policy and the content and presentation of the programme of education.

The right of withdrawal

Section 241 of the Education Act 1993 gives the parents the right to withdraw their children from any or all parts of a school's programme of sex education, other than those elements which are required by the National Curriculum for Science.   It is hoped that the above measures taken to consult parents will render exercise of this right unnecessary.

Children who are withdrawn will be supervised in another class while continuing with other areas of their studies.

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