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Sex Education Policy (specific to PSHE)

Our current sex education policy is based upon DfEE Guidelines Ref 0116/2000 and Essex County Councils Relationships and Sexual Health Policy for Young people.

Sex and Relationship Education forms an integral part of the PSHE framework at Tendring Technology College as recommended within the Government SRE Guidance (2000).

To view our Sex and Relationships Education Policy click here.

Its aims are:

  • To enable our students to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives.
  • To help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development.
  • To develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide their decisions and behaviour.
  • To understand the arguments for delaying sexual activity.
  • To understand the reasons for having protected sex.
  • To understand the consequences of their actions.
  • To have the self esteem to value themselves and others.
  • To communicate effectively.
  • To avoid exploiting others or being exploited.
  • To access sexual health advice, support and treatment.
  • To know how the law applies to sex and sexual issues.
  • To understand the features of positive and stable relationships, that are loving and caring.
  • To promote the nature and importance of marriage and stable relationships for family life and the bringing up of children.
  • To understand the similarities, differences and diversity among people of a different race, culture, ability, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation and the impact of prejudice, bullying, discrimination and racism on individuals and communities.

Sex and Relationships Education is delivered through a partnership of caring adults consisting of teachers, health professionals and outside agencies as appropriate; to ensure sensitive support for young people as they grow and mature.

The programme content is supplied by CSN Consultancy. This is a developmental programme and is appropriate to the age of the student, promoting the personal well-being of children and young people. SRE makes an essential contribution to the Every Child Matters agenda, particularly in tackling teenage pregnancy and promoting sexual health as required by the Ofsted framework. Common starting levels are not assumed.

We recognise that parents are the key people in:

  • Teaching their children about sex and relationships;
  • Maintaining the culture and ethos of the family;
  • Helping their children cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing up;
  • Preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities that sexual maturity brings.

However, parents need support in:

  • Helping their children learn the correct names of their bodily parts;
  • Talking with their children about feelings and relationships;
  • Answering questions about growing up, having babies, feeling attraction, sexuality, sex, contraception, relationships and sexual health.

At TTC we always work in partnership with parents, consulting them regularly and informing them of our sex education programme and how it will support their role.

Parents who have concerns about SRE should contact the College to discuss the matter.

Our programme of work includes the use of external agencies when planning and delivering sex and relationship education. Health professionals are used:-

  • School nurses – sexually transmitted diseases and contraception.
  • Police officer – sex and the law.
  • Family Planning Clinics – contraceptive advice.
  • Teen Talk and School nurse - ‘drop in’ sessions.
  • Theatre groups.

All of these agencies work within the college sex education policy.