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RSE - Relationships and Sex Education

RSE Policy 2021

RSE - Relationships and Sex Education 2021


If you would like to know more about what your child will be learning you can find it by following this link: 



The teaching expectations for Relationship Education can be found within the above document from page 19 and for Health Education from page 31. 

The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.  Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.


We have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy in 2021 so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their: 

  • Age 
  • Physical and emotional maturity 
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds 
  • Special educational needs and disabilities 


As part of this process, we are consulting with parents, staff and governors to help inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered.  


The consultation questions include the following:


  1. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Policy?
  2. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Curriculum Outline (pages 7-11 of policy)
  3. Thinking about relationships and sex education, what do you believe is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
  4. Thinking about relationships and sex education, is there an area that you think should not be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
  5. Would you like support at home on how to speak to your child about relationships and sex education?


***Consultation information was sent home with every child - thank you for your feedback. The consultation period has now closed.***


Whilst I am sure that there will be differences of opinion about this, we hope that consulting with you will help inform our school’s decisions on when and how certain content is covered and enable us to reach a general consensus.  Consequently, as part of our curriculum review we would also welcome your views on our draft policy for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).


What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum.  The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the policy.


To ensure your children get the very best teaching in these areas we have chosen to use a scheme from Twinkl Life, which is a scheme of work for PSHE and Citizenship that develops the whole child. Through carefully planned and resourced lessons, children develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to protect and enhance their wellbeing.  Along with Health and Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World, Relationships is one of the three core strands that is taught within this scheme. 

This scheme of work is fully in line with the PSHE Association Programme of Study and meets all the new statutory requirements. 


Feedback following Consultation

Thank you to those parents who have been in touch with feedback regarding our RSE policy. There has been one small change made to the policy following the consultation and this has been approved by the governing body. The policy is on our school website and the change has been highlighted. This is to enable teaching to include the concept of IVF during the year 6 session. Thank you again to those who took the time to make some excellent and insightful suggestions!

Pupil Questionnaire RSE