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Teaching with Confidence

Year Archives: 2013

LATEST CWP RESOURCE

We’ve improved Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools!

Now Reception to Year 6 – this edition includes an extra year group, new lesson plans and materials.  The pack reflects the changes in the National Curriculum Science and has an increased focus on child safety issues, especially internet safety.  Further details can be found here.

Remember the SRE Core Curriculum for London?

We recently received a request from someone wanting to track down the SRE Core Curriculum for London.  Those people who were around at the time will remember that CWP were commissioned to gather good practice from the London boroughs and write a scheme of work that we could share across the capital.  When the Young London Matters site was archived to the British Library, the Core Curriculum went with it.  However, all is not lost and the site can be found here.

Campaign for statutory PSHE & SRE

On Tuesday 11 June, MPs will vote on the opposition plans for an amendment to the Children and Families Bill which would make PSHE statutory. We are supporting this campaign because we agree with most parents, teachers and young people that all children deserve high quality sex and relationships education (SRE). That means that SRE needs to be made part of the statutory national curriculum. We urge you to contact your MP; visit the PSHE Association website for up-to-date details on how you can support the amendment.


Coventry Healthy Schools

CWP ran Drug & Alcohol Training for secondary teachers in Coventry this week, hosted by the local Healthy Schools Team who supported schools by providing a CWP tailor made training day and giving each participant a copy of our new Teaching Drug & Alcohol Education resource.

We are delighted to receive this feedback:

“Inspirational ideas for delivery”

“Actually exceeded my expectations! Really good to have the opportunity to bounce idea off others and gain ideas too”.

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