Relationship and Sex Education Statement of Intent

South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) believes that Relationship and Sex education (RSE) makes an essential contribution to every student’s health, wellbeing and preparation for adult life in society. RSE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. It involves a combination of acquiring knowledge and information, sharing information, developing skills, and exploring issues, beliefs, attitudes and values. It is essential that young people develop the skills to enable them to take control over their own sexual health and entity and become responsible citizens who make well-informed decisions about their lives.
SLAT is committed to providing quality and meaningful Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) described as lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. SLAT recognises the importance of loving and caring relationships and the teaching of respectful and consensual sexual relationships, sexuality and sexual health. SLAT supports the importance of gender equality, LGBT+ by creating a diverse programme that positively promotes diversity and inclusivity for all minority groups.
It is the intent of South Lincolnshire Academy Trust that all students receive a high quality RSE education within a safe, sensitive and caring environment and within an atmosphere of mutual respect. SLAT ensures that all aspects of RSE are taught at a level appropriate to both the age and development of the student including SEND students.
• To encourage students to value and respect themselves.
• To develop understanding and attitudes which prepares students to view their relationships in a responsible and healthy manner including an awareness of the law on sexual behaviour.
• To encourage students to appreciate the value of stable family life, marriage and the responsibilities of parenthood.
• To encourage students to value and respect differences in people’s religion, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity, physical and mental ability and social background.
• To develop an awareness of consequences of having unsafe sexual relations. This includes STIs, teenage pregnancy and mental health awareness.
• To foster gender equality and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) equality and challenges of all forms of discrimination in RSE lessons and in every-day school life.
• To inform students how to stay safe online and to inform them about the law regarding RSE and internet/social media.
SLAT is committed to working with parents and sharing SRE education and advice. In addition to this SLAT are committed to working with external agencies to support the trust offering a high quality SRE programme.
*All staff are up to date with the procedures to be followed in the event of a disclosure of sexual abuse and have received training which allows them to deal with disclosure in line with KCSIE 2023.

The SLAT RSE policy can be found via clicking here

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