Parents of pupils at Clifton Hill School in Caterham, Surrey joined an online coffee morning on 28th September led by Helen Dunman, author of the Sex Factor training, and Paula Marten, Assistant Headteacher at Chailey Heritage School.
Clifton Hill is a school for young people with severe and profound learning difficulties and autism. The coffee morning gave parents an overview of techniques we use at Chailey Heritage to support our pupils as part of their relationships and sex education training.
We spoke to parents about delivering our relationship and sex education curriculum, and how schools can work with parents to provide support at home. Parents asked Helen what they should be doing to support their child’s sexual development, including how they might support and (sometimes) manage behaviour that they are seeing at home.
The discussion included looking at how parents can encourage and teach about boundaries, thinking about the language they should use, and how they can meet the RSE needs of their child who has SEN - whilst considering the needs of the rest of the family.
We talked about the importance of positive communication between parents and school staff in relation to this sensitive topic; Helen and Paula explained what happens at Chailey to help build these relationships.
We had some great feedback from parents who were appreciative of the information and guidance provided as previously, they hadn’t found any relevant support for their child in this area.
Clifton Hill School has also signed all of their staff up to our Sex Factor training so we were pleased to give parents a taster of what the team will learn so this can be applied at home.
The Sex Factor training is relevant for all who work with and support young people with special educational needs and can be tailored to individuals as appropriate;.