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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

As a part of your child's educational experience at Audlem St. James CE Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found on the government website by clicking here.

The new 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.

Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, is statutory, and forms part of the National Curriculum.

This means that we have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy, 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 abilities

    As part of this process, the school have consulted with parents, staff and governors to help inform our schools' decisions on when and how certain content is covered. In response to feedback from parents, we have included learning about 'different families; same love' starting in Year 1, and have also included links below for parents to refer to when talking to their child about their changing bodies and the onset of puberty.

    The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs which is attached to this page.

    To help you understand the curriculum requirements, please look at the information attached to this page which provides more detail. They include:

    • A summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school
    • A presentation for parents (saved as a PDF) which gives an overview of RSHE and the rationale behind the curriculum changes
    • The school FAQ sheet
    • A FAQ sheet from the government
    • Our policy for Relationships, Sex and Health Education
    • DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements

    You may also find the FAQ page on the government website very useful. Click here to view this.

    Handy resources to help you to talk to your child about their bodies and puberty:

    Please click here for advice on how to talk to your child about when and how to talk to your child about puberty.

    The PSHE Association

    Great books on puberty and growing up —

    Puberty for boys

    Puberty for girls

    Puberty for parents

    Brook: articles on body parts, puberty, keeping clean and more

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