Relationships, Sex Education and Health Education

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The Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance states that, from September 2020, all primary schools must deliver Relationships Education and Health Education and has produced this guide for parents.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) forms part of our personal, social, health education (PSHE) curriculum. Please refer to our long term progression document here

You can read our policy here

You can find a useful summary leaflet about RSE here

In primary school, it’s important to be clear that the very large majority of RSE is about relationships. The learning is ongoing, and often incidental, learning about relationships with family, friends and others around us. Children in primary school will naturally talk about different relationships; this might include:

  • relationships with family members compared with relationships with people at school
  • developing friendships and the need to get on with everyone, and ways to cope if relationships are hard
  • different families, some with a mum and dad, but others with a different make-up

This is clear from our overall aims for RSE in our school. These include:

  • learning the value of family life, safe, stable and loving relationships (including marriage and civil partnerships); and learning the value of respect, love and care
  • learning to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively; and learning to make choices based on an understanding of difference and with an absence of prejudice
  • learning about physical development at appropriate stages; and being aware of emotions and relationships

There are many advantages of school-based RSE. It provides a structured programme matched to the ages and development stages of pupils. It can combat ignorance and fear and clarify existing knowledge by providing accurate information. It can provide opportunities to discuss feelings, emotions and attitudes in a safe, non-threatening situation. It can also help to create a natural, positive attitude towards sexuality and to develop the skills needed to manage relationships. By providing opportunities to exchange ideas, it can promote tolerance and understanding of others. The sharing of ideas can contribute to the development of values and a personal sense of morality.

The DFE recommends that all primary schools should have a Sex Education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. At Spring Bank this takes place in Year 5 and complements the existing science curriculum on reproductive cycles. Pupils learn about the changes which take place at puberty as part of their work in science and in relationships education, and learn about human reproduction in the context of the human life cycle and how a baby is made and grows (conception and pregnancy) in Sex Education sessions. Parents are consulted and shown the materials which are used in school and have the legal right to withdraw their child from Sex Education sessions if they wish to do so.

We want parents/carers and pupils to feel assured that RSE is delivered at a level appropriate to both the age and development of pupils, and to feel safe to voice opinions and concerns relating to the provision. Please contact school if you’ve any questions, comments or concerns.