The PSHE Association has teamed up with the Association for Science Education to launch this joint briefing on reproduction and human development. The purpose of the document is to inform teachers, school leaders and governors about what the science curriculum requires in respect to sex education, the vocabulary that supports this teaching and learning, and how this is complemented by what pupils learn in PSHE education.
It is intended for teachers to refer to when parents ask questions about the distinction between sex and relationships education (SRE) delivered through PSHE education and the study in science lessons of reproduction and human development. Such learning both boosts children’s knowledge of human biology and helps pupils to stay healthy and safe as they grow up. The aim of teaching about this in the primary curriculum is to allow the school and parents to work in partnership to keep children knowledgeable and safe as they grow up.