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Sex and Relationships Education

Sex and Relationships Education at John Clifford


Why do we teach SRE?


At John Clifford School, we believe that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is a vital part of children's education. It has a key role in the realisation of our school ethos, and the promotion of our values. We aim to deliver a comprehensive SRE programme across all key stages, which is fully integrated, balanced and consistent. 


Delivery of SRE at John Clifford is carefully considered, and ensures teaching is age and stage appropriate. We aim to equip pupils with the skills to form and sustain positive, enjoyable, respectful, equal and non-exploitative relationships. We aim to foster in out young children an awareness of their roles and responsibilities within different contexts. Teaching also include children's preparation for puberty, and other physical and emotional changes and challenges that they may face. 


How do we teach SRE?


At John Clifford, the teaching of specific SRE takes place in years 5 and 6, whilst other year groups focus on wellbeing and scientific concepts about the human body. We follow a combined scheme of work from the Christopher Winter Project (CWP) and the PSHE Association. Our SRE Medium Term Plan for all year groups can be found below. Relationships education is also well embedded within our PSHE teaching, led by the PSHE Subject Leader, Mr Hayward-Mitchell. 


Children of all genders receive the same input from SRE lessons in order for them to understand the changes in their own gender and that of others. 


Parents have a right to withdraw their child from any or all of the SRE programme of study, but not from the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction provided under the National Curriculum for Science 2014 (


Updated May 2021



Our SRE Programme of Study

SRE Whole School Planning Overview