Sex and Relationships Education
Christian principles and Christian family values are at the heart of our Sex and Relationships programme at St Michael's.
The governors have determined that sex education shall form part of the curriculum. It will be appropriate to the pupils’ age and will be presented within a moral, family-orientated and Christian framework. Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex education programme but this does not apply to those areas of the National Curriculum where statutory orders exist, for example aspects of human biology.
In Year 7 and 8 pupils look at issues relating to relationships, puberty, personal hygiene, sexual intercourse, STIs and contraception. Pupils will learn to recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities through a variety of learning opportunities.
In Year 9, pupils continue to study relationships, different types of birth control, protection against accidental pregnancies, the spread of STIs and information on HIV and AIDs. They also study ways to recognise and avoid potentially harmful relationships and abuse including FGM.
In Years 10 and 11 pupils will be looking at sexual relationships, abuse, the emotional and psychological effects of STIs, unplanned pregnancies, abortion, adoption, sexual assault and human trafficking. Abstinence education forms a part of the course throughout.