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Relationships & Sex Education

RSE is taught within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE).

Class teachers have received training to deliver the content of the RSE curriculum in an age-appropriate manner using appropriate resources to support in class learning. Adaptations are made for those who may require additional support such as those with special educational needs and lesson slides and resources will be created and adapted by class teachers with the needs of the children within their class in mind.

Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

In addition to the statutory information in the science curriculum, children in Upper Key Stage 2 will also learn about puberty and changes to the body which can occur during puberty as well as the importance of personal hygiene. This will be delivered by the school nursing team in an age-appropriate manner and parents will be informed by their child’s class teacher before this happens so that any questions can be answered or resources shared if necessary.

These areas of learning are taught within the context of family life, taking care to make sure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances (families can include single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents and foster parents/carers, amongst other structures), along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example, looked-after children or young carers).

We will also be mindful of the law and legal requirements, taking care not to condone or encourage illegal political activity, such as violent action against people, criminal damage to property, hate crime, terrorism or the illegal use of drugs.