Sex Education

The Governors of Heart of the Forest Community Special School fully support the implementation of the sex education syllabus, which has been drawn up by a working party consisting of teachers, parents and Governors from the Gloucestershire schools for children and young people with severe learning difficulties.

Most aspects of Sex Education are taught within the context of Personal, Social and Health Education, which is concerned with health, hygiene, the development of socially acceptable behaviour, and relationships with others.

Throughout school life all questions are answered, within the child’s understanding, as honestly as possible.

When it becomes appropriate to address the more formal aspects of a Sex Education programme, parents are consulted and the nature of the programme is discussed with them. Due to the wide range of learning difficulties, and uneven rate of physical development within each class, programmes are implemented on an individual basis or in small groups withdrawn from the class to work together.