Relationships and Sex Education
As a part of your child’s educational experience at Hurst Knoll St. James’ CE Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. As part of this teaching, we hope to give children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives both now and in the future.
The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found here:
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.
Within the modern world, children learn from a range of sources including: the internet, TV, mobile phones, laptop and tablet devices, school, friends and older siblings and parents and carers. The use of a well-planned, sequenced and age-appropriate curriculum will help to ensure that the children are able to access key information at the right stage of their development and also have the opportunity to ask questions in a familiar learning environment.
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.
From September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.
We have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
As part of this process, the school is consulting with parents, staff and governors to inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered.
Why is relationships and sex education important for children?
- It helps them to understand the changes that happen to their bodies and their friend’s bodies.
- Puberty starts early for some children – for some as young as 9.
- To prevent unwanted conceptions.
- To help children guard against sexually transmitted infections.
- To help safeguard children against grooming, child sexual exploitation, abuse, sexting and online pornography.
What is effective Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) teaching?
- Age appropriate
- Based on the needs of the pupil
- Delivered by trained staff in a safe environment
- Prepares children adequately for puberty
- Prepares children for adult life
- Promotes positive relationships
What are your rights as a parent?
- To be informed of the school’s RSE curriculum and policy
- To be consulted about the school’s RSE curriculum and policy
- To withdraw your child from sex education lessons (that are outside of / additional to the Science National Curriculum lessons)
- To be informed of when RSE teaching will take place – a message through TheSchoolApp will be and notification will be posted on the school newsletter.