Laying the Foundations is the one-stop resource for running sex and relationships education (SRE) in primary schools.
Providing step-by-step guidance on implementing SRE using a whole-school approach, it outlines good practice in developing an SRE policy, as well as effective planning, delivery and assessment of SRE education, including guidance and ready-to-use lesson plans.
Laying the Foundations adopts an approach to SRE which brings together the biological and social aspects. It focuses on learning about bodies, reproduction and puberty within the context of emotions, relationships, healthy choices and equality. It also provides the background to future work on sexual and reproductive health and so helps to prepare children for adulthood.
Key features include:
clear advice on SRE policy and delivery
case study examples of practice
activities to assess knowledge and evaluate teaching approaches
tried and tested lesson plans, for KS1 and 2
a range of Key Questions for each year
Vanessa Cooper authored Support Staff in Schools and co-authored Laying the Foundations: SRE in primary Schools (2006) and as national coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, worked with schools to develop anti-bullying policies. She had a wealth of experience working with schools and young people having previously worked as a primary schools teachers and then as a healthy schools coordinator in several London boroughs. Anna has an MSc in Health Promotion and is a qualified sexual health trainer. She is currently the Coordinator of the Sex Education Forum (SEF). Before joining SEF Anna worked for a local Teenage Pregnancy team specialising in professional training in SRE. She is also a member of the NICE Programme Development Group for PSHE guidance. Anna Martinez has authored a variety of SRE resources for NCB. Jane Lees is the chair of the Sex Education Forum. With an interest in curriculum development, she has contributed to the development of the PSHE framework and also to the new Personal Well-being programmes of study. Jane's forte is currently PSHE CPD lead in one local authority and supports several others. She is also an associate trainer for the Family Planning Association.