Sex and Relationships
The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). These changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. Click here to read a summary of what pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school.
This is a good opportunity to review the school's policy and curriculum so we can be sure our RSE provision is still appropriate for our pupils. Click here to read the proposed updated school policy and curriculum.
We invite parents to provide feedback on our proposed RSE provision and there are two ways to do so:
1) Join a parent focus group. We’re holding two parent focus group meetings in the hall:
- 5:30pm on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 and
- 9:00am on Thursday 5th December 2019.
If you’d like to participate in one of these groups, please email or call the school office before Friday 29th November. The meeting should take no more than an hour. If you’re joining a focus group meeting, please do read the documents above before the meeting.
2) Provide feedback using our RSE consultation form, which can also be downloaded from here or a paper copy collected from the office. Your form must be returned to the office by Monday 16th December 2019.
Thank you for your time.
Current RSE Provision
No parent is keen for their child to grow up too quickly. However, it cannot be denied that we live in an increasingly sexualised society where TV programmes, magazine articles and advertising increasingly portray and promote sexuality. Sadly, the UK also continues to have the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe.
Following consultation with parents and staff, Governors concluded that the Living and Growing materials, used by many other primary schools, provide the most appropriate scheme for introducing necessary but potentially sensitive issues.
Discussions in class are based on a series of eight 15 minute programmes taken from the Living and Growing education DVD.
Throughout the programmes, there is a strong emphasis on sex and relationships education within the context of warm and loving relationships. The style of the programmes is bright and positive, using young presenters from the target age groups. The programmes have strong storylines and characters the children can identify with. A magazine format is used which combines the children talking, animation with songs and where possible, humour is used.
Many adults and some faith groups would be concerned in using real people to illustrate nudity; animation has therefore been used throughout the series when showing naked bodies.
Click here to see an overview of how the programmes will be used in each year group.