We have based our school’s relationship and sex education policy on the DfE guidance 2019 and the 2014 supplementary guidance. We refer to RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) rather than just sex education. As such we place the emphasis upon relationships, supporting pupils’ understanding and skills in developing positive and healthy relationships.
Our definition is that this work is a life long learning process; it is about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of marriage, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It involves teaching about sex, sexuality and sexual health.
RSE in our school is part of personal, social and health education (PSHEE). It is our belief that RSE is the responsibility of all staff and should be an integral part of teaching and learning processes. There is a full balance programme of relationships and sex education that takes place throughout the five years. The majority of the programme will be delivered during PSHEE lessons and a number of ‘Special Focus Events’ when, at various points within the school year, whole year groups will spend time considering a wide range of topics and themes. These include education for personal growth and self esteem, including sex and health education, this compliments and overlaps with the personal, social, and emotional development of the child and the general life of the school, relationships with one another, including staff and parents, socialisation, values and attitudes.
The proposed course of study is outlined in the Governors’ Sex Education and Relationships Policy. All parents receive a copy of this document. The policy document details parents’ right under the 1996 Education Act to withdraw their child from aspects of the relationship and sex education programme. Parents who would like more information about this area are invited to discuss it with the PSHEE Coordinator