Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
Relationship and Sex education (RSE) and Health education supports children’s lifelong learning about wellbeing and, more particularly, physical, moral, emotional and cultural development. RSE is about understanding of the importance of loving and caring relationships and focuses on the teaching of sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. RSE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.
Research demonstrates that good, comprehensive Relationship and Sex Education does not make young people more likely to become sexually active at a younger age.
As a primary academy we must provide relationships education to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social work act 2017.
As an academy, we do not have to follow the National Curriculum but we are expected to offer all pupils a curriculum that is similar to the National Curriculum including requirements to teach science which would include the elements of sex education contained in the science curriculum.
In teaching RSE, we are required by our funding agreements to have regard to guidance (RSE and Health Education Guidance 2019, DfE) issued by the secretary of state as outlined in section 403 of the Education Act 1996.
Aims and Objectives for Relationship and Sex Education
The aim of RSE is to provide children with age appropriate information, explore attitudes and values and develop skills in order to empower them to make positive decisions about their health related behaviour.
This should take place with consideration of the qualities of relationships within families.
The objectives of Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education are:
RSE is taught within the personal, social, health education (PSHE) curriculum. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE). Pupils also receive stand-alone sex education sessions delivered by a trained health professional.
Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:
Primary sex education will focus on:
The content covered as part of each year group can be seen in the Changing Me part of our PSHE curriculum. The grid can be viewed in our RSE policy.
Parents’/carers’ right to withdraw
Parents/carers do not have the right to withdraw their children from relationships education or health education.
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from some or all of the [non-statutory/non-science] components of sex education within RSE.
At Goldenhill Primary Academy, puberty is taught as a statutory requirement of Health Education and covered by our Jigsaw PSHE Programme in the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle (unit).
We conclude that sex education refers to Human Reproduction, and therefore inform parents of their right to request their child be withdrawn from the PSHE lessons that explicitly teach this i.e. the Jigsaw Changing Me Puzzle (unit) e.g.
Year 4, Lesson 2 (Having a baby)
Year 5, Lesson 4 (Conception)
Year 6, Lesson 4 (Conception, birth)
Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing using the form found in Appendix 4 of our policy and addressed to the headteacher.
Alternative work will be given to pupils who are withdrawn from sex education.