Relationship & Sex Education 

From September 2020 the teaching of Relationships Education in school has been compulsory.

 

We have based our school’s Relationship and Health Education policy on the DfE’s guidance document Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (ref DfE 2019). In this document, Relationships Education is defined as ‘the teaching of the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults’.

 

It focuses on relationships, friendships, family life, marriage, communication, safety, respect, trust and caring for others. Details about life cycles and reproduction are included and are generally addressed in the Science curriculum.  In addition, children will learn about mental and physical health,

We aim to:

 

  • nurture a responsible attitude towards personal relationships and friendships including aspects of mutual respect, trust and care

  • develop sensitivity towards the needs of others

  • teach the children about he importance of family life

  • teach the children about the physical development of their bodies as they  grow into adults

  • provide knowledge about life cycles of living things including humans

  • encourage exploration of values and moral issues taking into account physical and moral risks associated with certain behaviour

  • educate against discrimination and prejudice

  • empower children to make choices about their safety and wellbeing and to recognise their responsibility for their actions

  

We teach RHE in the context of the school’s aims and values. In particular, we teach RHE in the belief that:

 

  • it should be taught in the context of respectful, loving, secure and stable family life

  • it is part of a wider social, personal, spiritual and moral education process

  • children should be taught to have respect for their own bodies

  • children should learn about their responsibilities to others, including the understanding that some relationships look different and that’s ok as long as they are loving, caring and respectful 

  • it is important to build positive relationships with others, involving trust and respect