Why is SRE important in Primary Schools?

Sex and Relationships Education in primary school has, at times, been a contentious issue. The media are quick to pounce on the word ‘sex’ and assume that this is what is taught in every lesson. A good SRE curriculum is age-appropriate and builds up a child’s knowledge gradually, as with any other subject at school. In Key Stage 1 a child will learn about gender stereotypes as well as the correct scientific vocabulary to name parts of the body. These lessons start to build up a child’s confidence so that by Key Stage 2 they are able to talk more comfortably about what happens to the body and emotions during puberty. Everyone knows that puberty can be a difficult and confusing time.  For many, girls in particular, some of the changes begin to happen whilst at primary school.  In our experience the lessons at school provide reassurance for the children and fulfil the natural curiosity they have at this stage of their lives.  In some cases these lessons may give information that parents/carers have already talked about with their children at home, but we cannot assume that this is always the case.  In many instances SRE in primary school deals with the awkward questions and issues that many parents/carers may not feel comfortable or confident talking about with their children.

Becky Casey, Trainer